The New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) Ultramodern UHT Production Unit that is expected to turn around the fortunes of dairy farmers has been opened in Eldoret, Kenya.
The ultramodern milk factory, the biggest and most modern of its kind in East and Central Africa, has the capacity to convert milk into powder and later on reconstitute it to long life milk.
Unveiling the new plant, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the Kenyan government would zero rate all milk products and remove import duties on yellow maize used for making animal feeds to increase the income of dairy farmers.
The revival of the Eldoret factory is part of the government’s one billion shillings plan to revive all other seven New KCC factories across the country which have been defunct since 1999.
President Kenyatta urged dairy farmers in Kenya to increase and improve the quality of their stock as they would no longer struggle with what to do with their milk.
Following the modernization program, New KCC plans on selling to the foreign markets including other African countries and the Arab world.
To revive the factory, the government settled the over Kshs500 million debt it owed more than 40, 000 farmers and allocated more money for its revamp.
Also speaking during the opening of the new production unit, Vice President William Ruto noted that the factory will ensure the constant supply of milk in the country through diversification of products and benefit consumers by stabilizing the prices which have been skyrocketing in recent months.
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