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Dairy Rules Put on Hold Pending Talks

29 April 2019

KENYA - The dairy draft regulations will undergo a review after Kenya Dairy Board offered to open fresh talks with farmers.

Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) managing director Margaret Kibogy said her board had partnered dairy farmer groups representing smallholder milk producers and the Kenya Dairy Farmers Federation, representing interests of large-scale milk producers, to re-launch the talks.

"It is important that the dairy sector value chain is streamlined enabling dairy farmers to enjoy better prices via informed access to milk coolers and processors. This will best be addressed via structured consultations on the contentious regulations," she said.

Ms Kibogy said a fragmented dairy sector only benefited milk transporters at the expense of smallholder producers who had no option but to dispose of milk to the middlemen for onward delivery to milk processors.

Bright Dairy Farmers Group executive secretary Elisha Bwatuti welcomed the talks saying self-regulation should address all farmer interests at every level.

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Source: Daily Nation

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