Good news for Nyeri County farmers after the Canadian government set up a multi-million milk processing plant at the Nyeri national polytechnic.
The plant which has a capacity of processing 2000 liters of milk every two hours is part of the Canada – Kenya education for employment program funded at a cost of USD50 million (Sh6.4billion) across ten national polytechnics around the country.
“We are commercializing this plant for the benefit of the community and eventual sustainability so that we collect milk from surrounding dairy farmers at a competitive price” said the institution principal David Mwangi.
The Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga promised his government will work with the polytechnic to empower the students more.
“Currently we have over 177 dairy cooperative societies delivering milk to existing processors such as Brookside, KCC, Wakulima among others we will work with you and ensure you get demand, we are happy that the milk market is opening up with the entry of more processors,” said Kahiga.
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Kahiga said that his government will also sponsor county workers to study at the plant to further improve dairy farming.
On his part Canada high commissioner Christopher Thornly said that the plant is part of his government’s efforts to eradicate poverty through the training of skilled youths in all spheres.
“As a country, we will renew this funding and ensure Kenya has a skilled workforce through TVETS which are the baseline of skilled workforce,” said Thornly.
The students are currently processing yogurt, cheese, and fresh milk, with the county’s milk production standing at 115 million liters per year.
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