Makueni County’s Kikima dairy processing plant is now operational – giving other counties a challenge on how to revitalise dairy farming.
The brainchild of Makueni governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana, the plant was opened on Thursday January 11 and saw the introduction of a new milk brand, Makueni Fresh, will be a big boon to the farmers.
The governor’s pet project has the capacity to homogenise, pasteurise and pack UHT milk, 300kg per hour and 6600 litres in a day. The product has now hit the market and will give the local farmers an edge.
Kikima Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society which owns the facility has already made contact with several supermarkets which will stock MAKUENI FRESH milk, among them Mulleys, Naivas, Ngooni and Jimeli.
Makueni produces 18 Million litres of milk annually against a demand of 340Million litres which guarantees market for Makueni Fresh brand.
Cooling milk tanks have been distributed to Kathonzweni, Kalawa, Kilala, Ilima, Kyangala, Kalongo and Makiou Dairy cooperative societies in what is a case study of what the devolved governments can do. These facilities are being used for aggregation, cooling and storage of milk.
Makueni has a big potential for milk production. In 2015 the County marketed over 17 million litres of milk worth over Ksh 500M. The potential remains higher.
The new plant will boost farming in the county where the government is subsidising the AI services too.