Kakamega County Assembly Agriculture Committee has hailed the initiative by the Kakamega County Dairy Development Corporation (KCDDC) to set up projects geared towards increasing milk production in the County and beyond.
Committee members visited the Matungu Smart Dairy and Bukura Dairy Smart farms in Matungu and Lurambi Sub-Counties respectively and appreciated efforts by the County Government in revamping dairy farming through the KCDDC.
The duo Smart Dairy farms also serve as dairy farmers’ training centers and demonstration farms.
The two dairy projects aim at making farmers embrace dairy farming as alternative economic enterprise, a part from sugarcane farming, which has proved to be a loss to farmers in the county as most of them are facing financial constraints.
Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) say it is time for cane farmers to go for alternative farming to enhance food security and income.
This is the main reason why the Committee decided to come on the ground to asses these two County Dairy farming projects whether they have the capability to transform livelihoods or not. What we have seen is very encouraging and as the Committee in-charge of Agriculture, we are going to make recommendations to the County Executive to allocated more resources on Dairy projects, the Committee’s Chairperson Hon. Geoffrey Ommatera said.
Hon. Kennedy Kilwake (Sango Ward), said there is need for the Dairy Smart farms to be fully equipped and upgraded into modern Dairy farming farms to increase milk production.
Hon. Godliver Omondi (Kholera Ward) challenged farmers in the County to embrace diversify in farming as this is important mechanism for economic growth.
The County lawmakers also urged the County ministry of Agriculture to evaluate the viability of the One Cow Initiative program – distribution of in-calfed dairy cows to farmers. The program is in line with the advanced county government’s plans to construct a dairy factory in Malava Sub-County.
To support such projects, the Assembly has conducted a public participation exercise across the County to collect stakeholders’ views to enhance The Kakamega County Dairy and Cooperative Development Bill, 2017, which is before the House (Second Reading Stage).
Chairperson of the KCDDC, Mr. Andrew Okumu, Chief Officer in-charge of Livestock and Veterinary Services, Mrs. Kelly Nelima, County Attorney, Mr. Moses Sande are some of the top county officials who accompanied the Committee during the tour.