Mur Malanga Cooperative Society, a milk processing entity in Siaya town, will start experiencing a turnaround following equipment support aimed at alleviating losses occasioned by lack of preservative equipment in the immediate past.
The equipment estimated at KShs. 8 million from the Ministry of Agriculture to enable the cooperative society reduce wastage between the farm and the market include a 3,200 litre cooling and pasteurizing machine and a standby generator.
Siaya farmers have been encouraged to increase their productivity and supply of milk to the society in order to step up their earnings due to reduced possibilities of suffering losses from spoilt milk.
According to the cooperative society’s board chairperson a Mr. Martin Ochien’g and his supervisory colleague George Oketch, the milk facility which now collects only 300 litres of milk from local farmers will now be able to receive and process up to 1,500 litres of milk per day with zero losses.
Western Kenya Floods Mitigation Programme, a world bank funded project had previously supported the group in the development of the physical infrastructure which will house the new equipment. The previous equipment previously used by the farmers are currently dilapidated and out of condition for use.
With this new equipment now available though, the society will still be seeking support from the County Government of Siaya and other partners on milk and milk products packaging equipment.
According to Mr. Oketch, the facility may not meet its supply demand for milk unless the KShs. 3 million owed to farmers as a result of spoilt milk in the previous years get sorted out.
“We appeal to Governor Cornel Rasanga and the county agriculture department to consider waiving the KShs. 3 million debts owed to farmers to enable the society win back the farmers that were previously supplying milk to Mur Malanga Dairy Cooperative Society”, said Mr. Oketch, the Supervisory Committee Chairman.