PS Harry Kimtai of Livestock Development, today officiated Stakeholder validation of the study on the cost and profitability of milk production in Kenya. Speaking at Weston Hotel, Nairobi, Kimtai reiterated the recent reduction of milk production due to prolonged drought and below average rainfall which does not support the growth of pasture and fodder. The low production levels had led to low milk intakes to Cooperatives, milk coolers and processing facilities, resulting to increased producer prices. However, the PS said, to address the high cost of Livestock feeds, the Government has drafted a land leasing framework and guidelines, which seeks to avail public land for Agricultural activities including dairy. He also said that the recent decision by the Cabinet on GMO foods, will benefit the dairy industry by opening access to GMO feed raw materials, which are more accessible and affordable.
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