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Nandi Deputy Governor says county government has procured 40 milk coolers to benefit dairy farmers

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Nandi County Deputy Governor Dominic Biwott has revealed that the county government has procured 40 milk coolers to assist farmers preserve their milk.

Speaking at Kabongwa Cattle Dip during a vaccination exercise, Biwott said each of the 30 wards across the county will at least receive a cooler with the expected increase in milk production after use of Insemination services.

The County Deputy boss further revealed that the county government aims at enabling residents create wealth through increased production fromtheir agricultural and livestock activities.

“This will enable residents meet their basic needs and effectively educate their children and create wealth,”said Biwott.

He said the county government had purchased the milk coolers and other necessary equipment to enable dairy farmers reap maximum benefit out of their efforts through better prices for livestock products.

“The county government will continue improving livestock breeds and provide AI services,”assured Biwott.

Livestock Principal Secretary (PS) Dr. Andrew Tumuir who was in the county to launch a free vaccination program, said availability of nutritious fodder throughout the year is very essential for profitable dairy farming.

 Dr. Tuimur said every dairy farmer must preserve surplus fodder in the form of silage or hay to ensure dairy animals are fed adequately during drought, as is currently being experienced across the country.

The PS opined that Nandi County with an estimated population of 300,000 livestock was producing merely 200,000 litres of milk daily, a quantity he said was below expectations of a county that has rain almost whole year.

Dr. Tuimur said farmers must turn-around their farming methods and ensure they start commercializing dairy farming by practicing modern dairy farming methods like using silage and hay.

“Farmers must reduce the cost of production by conserving fodder in their farms on their own, and this will enable them to feed dairy animals during drought seasons,” said Dr. Tuimur.

The PS further revealed that to ensure quality breeding services are achieved, a Bull Station currently being built in Kitale will ensure quality and affordable semen is available to farmers in North Rift.

“Additionally, Nitrogen plant to preserve semen will be in place to ensure semen is preserved. Thus farmers must invest in preserving silage and hay to feed these animals,”said Dr. Tuimur.

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