Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative committee is visiting farmers who are beneficiaries of the One Cow Initiative Program across the County.
The objective of the visit is to assess the viability of the program, which the county executive initiated more than four years ago.
So far, the committee has visited Likuyani, Lugari, Nabakholo, Shinyalu, Ikolomani and Butere Sub-Counties to ascertain the status of the heifers given to farmers in all the three phases.
The dairy program aims at increasing milk production, hence promoting food security and local economy.
We want to ensure that the county dairy plants are also viable following this program. Plenty of milk should be produced by farmers who have benefited from the One Cow Initiative . This will help in boosting county dairy production,” Hon. Geoffrey Ommatera, the committee’s chairperson said.
Under the program, the first beneficiaries are to pass on their cow’s offspring to another person -from the same ward- identified by the county government.
The committee will write a report after field visits.
The One Cow Initiative began in 2015 and targets to assist farmers to upgrade their stock and increase milk production before establishment of a multi-million milk processing plant in Malava sub-county.
The initiative is part of the county government’s efforts to help residents diversify from over reliance on sugarcane farming, which is in crisis.