Brookside Dairy has established milk collection points in Nyanza, targeting farmers from high altitude areas. The processor announced it had set up collection points in Migori, Nyamira and Kisii counties to meet increased demand for milk.
Brookside last year expanded its processing facilities in Ruiru, Kiambu, raising its daily milk intake to 1.5 million litres.
The processor’s director of milk procurement John Gethi challenged farmers in Nyanza to boost their income by increasing milk production.
“The potential for the growth is enormous. We are challenging farmers here to invest in the dairy enterprise which assures them of regular monthly income,” said Mr Gethi at the Rongo Pastoral Centre. The chairman of Rongo Dairy co-operative society, Maurice Ariyo, said it was the first time an established processor was working with dairy farmers in the region.
“We have signed a raw milk supply contract with Brookside that assures us that our milk will have a ready market throughout the year at a competitive price. Our farmers will benefit from regular monthly payments by the processor to enable them meet their financial needs,” said Mr Ariyo.
A majority of farmers in Migori cultivate sugarcane, besides keeping traditional dairy herds, but principally for subsistence purposes.
Mr Gethi said Brookside was working with Commercial Bank of Africa on a financing scheme to enable farmers access loans to purchase tricycles for transportation of raw milk.
“Tuktuks are preferable in navigating nearly all types of terrain. They are also a cost effective means of transporting raw milk to the cooling centres,” said Mr Gethi.