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Bungoma farmers challenged

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY KNA

DAIRY
farmers in Bungoma North district have been asked to improve the grade
of their animals to produce more milk for their co-operative society. Speaking
to farmers in Naitiri, Naitiri Dairy farmers Co-operative Society
chairman George Lusweti urged farmers to use artificial insemination
services to get high yielding grade cows.

Lusweti regretted that farmers were keeping traditional animals which
gave them between two to three litres of milk per day adding that this
could not meet the capacity of a cooler that was donated to them by the
ministry of Special Programmes. He
added that high yielding grade cows could give them up to 20 litres per
day which could help them fill the 5,000 litre cooler.

He urged them to take up dairy farming as a business instead of taking it as an alternative activity. He
reminded them that many people who had taken farming as their business
had benefited a lot given that they get enough money to improve their
standards of living and have enough to feed their families. Naitiri Co-operative Society sells its milk to KCC Kitale depot at Sh23 per litre which the chairman said is very little given the high production costs. He
said that his society was working out modalities that would see the
society sell the milk to an alternative buyer at a higher price.