Programmes initiated by Baringo County Government in partnership with KCB Foundation under the “Mifugo ni Mali” initiative aimed at improving production, developing the value chain and market processed meat and dairy products from the county are well on course, Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi has said.
Speaking when he handed over 79 chaff cutters worth KShs 2.1 million to Farmers in Torongo, Lembus Ward in Eldama Ravine Sub County, Governor Cheboi said the integrated foundations they have laid down to comprehensively address growth in the sub sector are bearing fruit.
“Livestock vaccinations programmes that we have rolled out, coupled with the dips that we have launched across Baringo have reduced animal deaths. There are 45,000 quality calves sired from our AI programme in the last three years. Our famers have been trained on animal husbandry and dairy production; in partnership with KCB Foundation, they are now accessing interest free loans through cooperative societies.” Said Cheboi
Cheboi added that the focus in the sub sector is to help famers operate efficiently and to increase productivity in order to earn more from livestock keeping. In so doing, the county Chief said, they will support ongoing value chain development plans by the county government in the meat and dairy sub sectors.
“We are in the process of setting up a milk processing plant in Baringo and our abattoirs are in the final stages. This calls for framers to give us adequate supply of milk and meat to support these value chain development plans.” Governor Cheboi said.
With a membership of over 200, Torongo Farmers Cooperative Society was recently facilitated by the county government to acquire a milk cooling plant with a capacity of 14,000 litres.