Giant leap for dairy farmers as Ruto hints at lowering further cost of sexed semen

By Harun Mugambi

President William Ruto has committed to lowering further the cost of sexed semen from Sh3,000 to Sh2,000, to enable dairy farmers to increase the production and productivity of milk.

Speaking during the Meru Dairly Farmers Field Day at Gitoro ASK grounds in Meru County, the head of state said his government has put in place several measures aimed at improving genetics, eliminating diseases and improving market prices of animal products.

“We have demonstrated our commitment to supporting the dairy sector by allocating an additional KSh2 billion. This funding will boost dairy cooperatives, ensuring they pay better prices, promptly, and enhance farmers’ access to credit,” Ruto said.

President Ruto further revealed plans for a countrywide animal vaccination exercise to counter livestock mortality caused by the spread of livestock diseases.

“We will have a country-wide mass vaccination of our dairy animals to ensure that farmers produce quality livestock products that meet the market demands,” he stated.  

Earlier, President Ruto launched a Ksh100 million Meru Maziwa Millers factory at Mitunguu, South Imenti, a mill that has a processing capacity of 12,000 tonnes, instrumental in the industrial production of affordable, high-quality feeds.

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