President William Ruto has issued a directive to stabilize milk prices for Kenyan dairy farmers. Starting March 1, farmers will be able to sell their milk to New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (New KCC) at Sh50 per litre at the farm gate.

This directive aims to ensure that dairy farmers are not exploited and can benefit from the current high milk production. President Ruto further stated, “We want to ensure our farmers get value for their hard work. This move will cushion them against the high cost of feed and ensure they earn a decent income.”

Margaret Kibogy, the Managing Director of the Kenya Dairy Board, has also expressed support for the directive, emphasizing that it will not impact the consumer price of milk.

Kibogy stated, “The government’s efforts to stabilize milk prices through New KCC will likely encourage other processors to follow suit, ensuring that consumers continue to have access to affordable milk.”

This positive news comes at a time of increased milk production due to favorable weather conditions. Additionally, the launch of the Kenya Dairy Sustainability Roadmap 2023-2033 aims to employ modern technology and climate-smart approaches to produce, process, and market an additional 2.5 billion liters of quality milk per year to meet the growing demand.