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EL Nino rains helped boost milk production last year consequently raising consumption by eight per cent.
Data by the Kenya Dairy Board indicates milk consumption rose to 584.18 million litres last year from 541.1 million litres. It peaked in the fourth quarter reaching 162.28 million litres compared with 159.39 million litres in third quarter.
Milk consumption stood at 119.85 and 142.66 million litres in the first and second quarters, respectively.
“A lot of milk was produced last year due to the El Nino rains which was experienced between October and December,” New Kenya Cooperative Creameries managing director Nixon Sigey said.
Farmers further pocketed a bonus following a review of farmgate prices by the milk processors.
In March last year, Brookside announced it would pay farmers an extra Sh2 for each kilo of milk delivered, raising payout per kilo to Sh40 from Sh38.
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“Our farmers are benefiting from milk supply contracting, which we pioneered in the local industry. Under this arrangement, we buy all contracted volumes for the entire duration of the contract,” said John Gethi, Brookside’s director of milk procurement.
The firm said this week it has enough capacity to take up excess milk, allaying fears of wastage as a result of overproduction.
However, consumers are yet to benefit from the excess supply since retail prices have remained stagnant throughout 2015.
The price of the 500ml tetrapack packet of milk has remained unchanged at an average of Sh60, while the 500ml pouch-packaged milk has been retailing at around Sh50.
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More than 80,000 nursery schoolchildren in Migori county will be provided with milk in a nutrition programme to be launched today.
In a statement yesterday, Governor Okoth Obado said the milk feeding programme aims at enhancing the pupils’ academic performance.
He said the county government is partnering with the Kenya Dairy Board and the USAid-KAVES to eliminate hunger, promote nutrition and encourage enrolment for early childhood education in the 800 public primary schools.
The programme is expected to cost Sh112 million every year.
Obado urged individuals, institutions and well-wishers to partner with the county government in more initiatives.
“My administration has decided to establish the school feeding programme as part of a wider strategy to approach these challenges,” he said.
Obado will launch the programme in Migori town.
Surveys have revealed that the county pupils’ retention rate stands at 68 per cent due to poor learning environment, failure by parents to pay school fees, lack of feeding programmes and inadequate instructional materials.
A conference on the benefits of the programme and its management is ongoing in Migori town ahead of the launch. Some 8,000 farmers, investors, partners and professionals are expected at the launch.
Source: The Star.co.ke
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1. Licensing of milk handling premises
This is done to ensure that milk handling premises conform to food safety regulations. This is important to safeguard consumers by ensuring they access safe and quality milk. The premises targeted include milk bulking centres, transporters, processors, milk dispensers and milk bars among others
1. Promotion of milk consumption
The Board undertakes national promotions to enhance consumption of milk and milk products amongst Kenyans. This is aimed at improving the overall health of Kenyans and also expanding the market for Kenyan milk.