Sixty-four farmer’s groups have a reason to smile after receiving KSh21 million worth of grants from Kisii county government under the Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) for the last five years.
On Tuesday, 15 groups received a total of KSh5 million being the last tranche of the money in a ceremony that was presided over by the County Executive Committee (CEC) member in charge of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative Development Esman Onsarigo at the Kisii Agriculture Training Centre.
The CEC called on the beneficiary groups to fully dedicate the money towards improving their farming activities. “The county government has been engaging with farmers dealing in livestock with a view to assisting them undertake best practices in dairy industry to boost milk production.
He noted that increased productivity in the livestock sector is a step towards enhancing food security in the country.
The CEC indicated that farmers have received the grant meant to support dairy enterprises thereby greatly improving dairy performance and transforming lives of beneficiaries and their households.
He noted that through the programme, dairy groups have been trained adding that officers from the agriculture department have offered technical support for household dairy production besides developing milk-marketing chains.
“The programme has resulted to an increase in milk production, improved fodder production, job creation and increased quantity of milk in markets through reduced cattle diseases and improved animal husbandly,” said Onsarigo.
The SCDP programme has been a success in the country since inception in 2006. It will run until the end of this month.
“The project was designed to address constraints in the smallholders’ milk sector in Kenya by increasing smallholders’ production, productivity and participation in milk markets,” he said.
He noted that overall goal for SDCP is to increase the income of poor rural households that depend substantially on production and trade of dairy products for their livelihoods.
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