Kenya Targets Regional Markets for Milk Exports.

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According to Cabinet Secretary for Cooperatives and Micro and Small Enterprises Simon Chelugui, Kenya is looking for outside markets for milk. He the nation currently produces more milk than the people live in, with an annual production of roughly 5.2 billion liters.

The CS stated that Kenyan farmers stand to gain from these markets as nations like the DRC are facing a shortage of milk. The 96 million-person Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) imports milk from France, he claimed, although Kenya is closer and a member of the same trading group (EAC).

According to Chelugui, the 120 million-person nation of Ethiopia has likewise had difficulty meeting its dairy needs. Ethiopia’s population is expected to reach 150 million by 2050, and the country produced 4.96 billion liters of milk in 2021, with a comparatively low production per cow.

A normal cow yields one to two liters of milk per day, which is either consumed at home or sold through unofficial market networks, according to the CS. The country’s primary milk suppliers include Saudi Arabia, France, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, and Denmark.

Chelugui says, the administration intends to apply its bottom-up economic strategy, which includes milk export. He said that he would call a consultative gathering of dairy industry stakeholders to talk about ways to support farmers after the strong output brought on by good weather.

The meeting will cover matters related to pricing and milk collection, with the aim of devising strategies to increase farmers’ access to the milk supply. “We should not punish farmers who have worked hard to produce milk. We don’t want any farmer to pour their milk or be desperate because there is an overproduction”, he stated.

According to the CS in Murang’a County on Monday, the consultative forum would also create a federation that will handle milk-related matters nationwide.

In order to give local milk more value, the county government founded Murang’a Co-operative Creameries (MCC), a milk processing facility, and he promised to support it. “We will collaborate with you through KCC to support farmers, and we support the consolidation of farmers through co-ops,” Chelugui declared.

The county government intends to assist in raising the volume of milk processed through the factory from the current 20,000 liters to 35,000 liters per day, according to Deputy Governor Stephen Munania.

Farmers are going to take over the factory that was closed by the devolved unit last year and reopened this year.

The CS clarified that farmers will receive payment of Sh40 per kilogram when their produce is delivered to the cooperatives, as part of the Sh4 billion that the government made available last year to protect coffee growers from low prices. Once the coffee gets to a miller, another Sh40 will be paid, and if it sells for more than Sh80 per kilogram, the extra cash will also go to the farmers.

He clarified that the Coffee Board of Kenya and the Coffee Research Foundation, which are based in Ruiru, will be able to resume marketing the produce with the support of the Co-ops Bill, which was just approved by Cabinet, and the Coffee Bill that is presently pending in the Senate.

“Coffee is becoming more popular. It will command high prices, and farmers will prosper.  Formerly among the top producers of coffee, Murang’a is currently trailing behind, he claimed.

 

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