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Kenya 13.02.2024

Government Initiative Spurs Growth: Milk Prices Set to Surge in Kenya's Dairy Sector

Source: The DairyNews
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In a strategic move to address a milk glut that posed a threat to plummeting prices, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua announced significant government interventions benefiting dairy farmers.
Government Initiative Spurs Growth: Milk Prices Set to Surge in Kenya's Dairy Sector
During a Sunday Mass at St Andrew Kaggwa Catholic Church in Kwanza Constituency, Trans Nzoia County, Gachagua revealed that the government had allocated Sh900 million to the Kenya Cooperative Creameries to purchase surplus milk, preventing a decline in prices due to excessive production.

Gachagua stated that as a result of this intervention, milk prices would increase from Sh45 to Sh50 per litre starting March 1, 2024, with plans to further raise them to over Sh60 per litre in the coming months.

"As a government, we released Sh900 million to stabilize prices in the milk sector after a glut following the heavy rains. The prices at Kenya Cooperative Creameries will be raised from Sh45 per litre to Sh50 from March 1 and up to Sh60 in the coming months," affirmed Gachagua.

Additionally, Gachagua urged farmers in Trans Nzoia to expand their maize cultivation, highlighting the government's provision of subsidized fertilizer at Sh2,500 per 50kg bag. Emphasizing the county's role in national food security, he commended Governor George Natembeya for efficient distribution of the subsidized fertilizer.

Addressing the issue of teachers sending Junior Secondary School learners home due to lack of uniforms or desks, the Deputy President issued a stern warning, asserting that severe action would be taken against any teacher defying government directives.
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