The Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) has partnered with the Bright Dairy Farmers Group and the Kenya Dairy Farmers Federation to review the currently suspended draft dairy regulation.
According to Ms Margaret Kibogy, Managing Director of the Kenya Dairy Board, the decision was made following various consultative meetings with key stakeholders in the sector. She indicated that the regulations have come a long way since 2016 and therefore they are working on a comprehensive regulation that will facilitate all players in the dairy industry.
However, she expressed the KDB’s concern about the fragmentation of the dairy industry, especially with milk producer organizations, which stifles any structured concertation effort. She invited other dairy stakeholders to approach and partner with KDB as they continue to make efforts to have a better organization for future engagements and collaborations in the industry.
“We are very happy that the government, through the KDB, heard our cries as small dairy farmers and decided to get involved. We recognize that for the dairy industry to thrive, we need enabling regulation even as we work towards self-regulation. Therefore, we as small dairy farmers in the country will continue to offer our unwavering support for these regulations even as we continue to make amends so that it does not harm grassroots farmers in remote areas of the country ”, Elisha Bwatuti noted. , Executive Secretary, Bright Dairy Farmers Group.
Among the main concerns raised by Mr. Richard Soy, Secretary General of the Kenya Dairy Farmers Federation and representative of the Siongiroi Dairy Cooperative, the State Department of Livestock and the county governments must respond for a smoother transition towards regulations include: high cost of milk production caused by expensive feed and veterinary services, milk production being very seasonal as it is highly dependent on rains, resulting in increased milk imports, increased increased adulteration in the dairy sector and poor infrastructure – roads, cooling factories and capacity building on sustainable production of safe and quality milk.
“As we follow this process and state officials prepare the country’s fiscal budget, we call on parliamentarians to make proposals and amendments to the country’s fiscal policy that favors small-scale dairy farmers in accordance with the achievement of the constitutional right to food, ”Mr. Bwatuti concluded.