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New KCC Kiganjo Factory benefit from new milk processing equipment

The  New  KCC  Kiganjo Factory  in Nyeri County has benefited from new equipment worth Sh. 150 million procured by the government to modernise  the  factory.

Speaking  when he presented the state of the art milk processing machines at the factory, the  New KCC Managing  Director (MD), Nixon Sigey  said  the modernisation programme started three years ago in all milk processing factories in the country had cost the government Shs.1 billion.

Sigey  said  the programme had come with many benefits, adding that farmers’ payout since the programme started had increased from shs.2.5 billion to Shs.4.5 billion per year.

The  MD  at the same time, assured dairy farmers that New KCC has the capacity of processing and efficiency required to do value addition on all the milk they were able to produce.

He  said the new KCC was determined to ensure they got their benefits in time because it was providing the products to a ready market.

“We want to be able to process at least 1 million litres per day,” ’said Sigey.

The MD  added that the installation will directly and indirectly create employment to the youth after installation of the new state of the art processing equipment in all factories across the country.

He  expressed hope that by the time the modernization process is complete, the farmers’ payout will be around Shs.6 billion.

Sigey  called on the youth to engage in dairy farming so that they could benefit from the programme.

He said about 2 million households in the country were directly benefitting from the dairy sector, adding that in the next one year, KCC plans to bring more diversification in terms of products from the factory

The MD however, said  the only challenge that ought to be dealt with was management of the cost of production which will enable the sector remain competitive within the country and the region and so farmers could be assured of better returns.

The  new  KCC Chairman, Gathigi  Kahiu  called on the youth to desist from betting and instead venture into agribusiness saying the sector was more profitable.

He  said the equipment that was being used by KCC were obsolete and there was need to modernize them.

The  area  MP, Kanini Kega  who is the Parliamentary committee chairperson for trade and industrialization urged the government to reduce the cost of electricity which he said was too high and accounts for 50 per cent of production and any efforts to boost manufacturing needs to address this issue.

By  Beth  Ndirangu

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