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IFAD, Kenya Government In Dairy Project Plan

21 May 2007

KENYA - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in conjunction with the Kenya government has initiated a six-year Small Holder Dairy Commercialisation Project (SCDP) in nine districts, a move likely to spur excitement in the sector, according to a government statement availed to PANA Thursday.

A hiatus experienced in the sector in the mid 1990`s caused the collapse and auctioning of the giant milk processing company Kenya Cooperative creameries (KCC) and other related dairy institutions leaving farmers without a marketing organ.

The project will operate in the western, Rift Valley and Nyanza districts of Lugari, Bungoma, Nandi North, Trans Nzoia, Nakuru, Bomet, Central Kisii, Nyamira and Uasin Gishu, according to Moses Kembe, the project coordinator.

IFAD, he said, had extended a 1.4 billion Kenya shillings loan facility to the government for promotion of the project. (1 US dollar = 69 Kenya shillings).

"Overall, the project will target to increase income for the poor rural households that depend substantially on production and trade of dairy products for their livelihoods," Kembe told PANA here Thursday.

According to the official, over 24,000 farmers will directly be reached during the project`s lifespan while 300 traders and 90 milk bar processors will also be accessed and assisted in identifying appropriate market for their products.

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Source: AngolaPress


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