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Kenyas Milk Riches Turn To Powder

20 March 2007

KENYA - The Kenyan Government has released Sh600 million for purchase of powder milk to be incorporated into the country's strategic food reserves.

Livestock and Fisheries minister, Mr Joseph Munyao, says that the Government will buy part of the milk powder stock managed by the New Kenya Cooperative Creameries Ltd (KCC). The powder will be stored as food reserves to be used in times of need.

The programme will help address the problem of surplus milk production the dairy sector is facing following increased milk production. Munyao said milk production has surpassed consumption, causing a huge surplus.

"In recognition of the challenge of handling the surplus milk, the Government has approved the release of Sh600 million for purchase of the milk powder stock managed by New KCC," he said.

Stakeholders in the industry are looking for long-term solutions to address the surplus production, which, Munyao said, is a result of investor confidence in dairy farming.

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Source: AllAfrica.com


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