KAKAMEGA County Deputy Governor H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima today led residents of Lugari sub county in handing over heifers to the second beneficiaries of ‘One Cow’ Initiative program at Musembe grounds, Chekalini ward.
H.E. the Deputy Governor thanked the first beneficiaries and Lugari residents for embracing dairy farming as a venture capable of transforming their lives. Prof. Kutima announced that the county government has put in place measures to support and revamp the existing farmers’ co-operatives through which government funds to support the farmers will be channelled to. He added that the county government has enhanced efforts to accelerate dairy farming in the county through use of artificial insemination method of animal multiplication to increase milk production in anticipation of the soon to be constructed Malava Dairy plant and encouraged farmers to employ other value addition mechanisms to fully benefit from the dairy products.
Livestock, Fisheries and Co-operatives Chief Officer Dr. Kelly Nelima observed that Lugari sub county has immensely improved in milk production in the past two years. Chekalini Ward MCA Hon. Kennedy Indusa praised H.E. Prof. Kutima for his discerning leadership style saying as Kakamega’s second in command, he was best suited to ensure the projects initiated by H.E. Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya during his first and second terms in office are implemented.
Economic Affairs Advisor in the office of the Governor Mr. Paul Posho, Kakamega Dairy Development Co-operative (KDDC) CEO Mr. George Onunga and Lugari Ward MCA Hon. Musa Makhapila also addressed the residents.
Earlier, H.E. Prof. Kutima had visited homes of dairy farmers including that of Mr. David Ingoi at Mbajo village, Chekalini ward. Mr. Ingoi is a beneficiary of the county government’s One Cow Initiative programme.