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Kenya: Govt to help raise milk prices at farm gates

NAIROBI, February 13, 2024 While attending a Sunday Mass at St. Andrew Kaggwa Catholic Church in Kwanza Constituency, Trans Nzoia County, Kenya’s Vice President, Rigathi Gachagua disclosed to the faithful that the government had allocated Kshs 900 million to the Kenya Cooperative Creameries to purchase surplus milk, preventing a decline in prices due to excessive production.

Gachagua said that as a result of this intervention, milk prices would increase from Shs 45 to Shs 50 per litre starting March 1, 2024, with plans to further raise them to over Shs 60 per litre in the coming months, thus helping farmers who were scared of a slump in the price.

“As a government, we released Shs 900 million to stabilise prices in the milk sector after a glut following the heavy rains. The prices at Kenya Cooperative Creameries will be raised from Shs 45 per litre to Shs 50 from March 1 and up to Shs 60 in the coming months,” affirmed Gachagua.

Further, Gachagua urged farmers in Trans Nzoia to expand their maize cultivation, highlighting the government’s provision of subsidized fertiliser at Shs 2,500 per 50-kilogramme bag.

Emphasising Trans Nzoia County’s role in national food security, he commended Governor George Natembeya for efficient distribution of the subsidised fertiliser.

Addressing the issue of teachers sending junior secondary school learners home due to lack of uniforms or desks, Gachagua issued a stern warning, asserting that severe action would be taken against any teacher defying government directives.

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