The government has given Sh. 350 million for modernising the New Kenya Creameries Cooperative (KCC) milk processing plant in Kitale, western Kenya.
Nixon Sigey, the New KCC managing director, noted that the upgrade will speed up the procurement and installation of latest dairy processing equipment and machinery to diversify dairy products.
Sigey said that the refurbishment will help scale up milk intake and enhance value addition, as the plant’s intake reaches 500 million litres annually and it produces butter and ghee.
“The ongoing revamp of this plant will cost 350 million. This includes acquisition of modern machinery to assist in diversification of dairy products and increase value addition,” said Sigey when the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya and his Devolution counterpart Eugene Wamalwa toured the plant.
Mr. Nixon disclosed that the ongoing face lift of KCC plants will increase milk delivery and farmers earnings from Sh. 4.5 million to Sh. 6 million annualy.
Speaking during the tour, Agriculture CS Peter Munya urged dairy farmers to take advantage of the new semen center at Agricultural Development Corporation to secure high valued genes, noting that the revamped plant will boost their earnings.