(Xinhua) -- Kenyan
small-scale dairy farmers on Thursday appealed for
the reinstatement of extension services to boost the
spokesperson of a lobby for small-scale dairy
farmers, said that extension services, which were
scrapped by the government in 1989 following
structural adjustment programs that was imposed by
the World Bank, should be reinstated to revitalize
growth of the critical sector.
"Lack of extension service is amongst several
challenges that are affecting the dairy sector,"
Watuti told journalists in Nairobi.
He noted that smallholder farmers are unable to
reach the milk coolers due to poor road network and
also face high cost of cattle feeds and dewormers.
"Cheap dairy products from the neighboring
countries are threatening production from farmers
since animal feed and drugs to treat worms and
diseases are expensive in Kenya at the moment," said
He said farmers have supported the government’s
proposed changes in the sector in regard to ensuring
that fresh and clean milk are sold to the public.
Dairy products in the country can become
competitive once the inputs are zero-rated by the
government, Watuti said.
"We need structured standards in the sector to
enable us export dairy products to the regional and
international market and earn reasonable money," he
Eric Marete, a dairy farmer from a Nairobi
suburb, said local farmers produce 80 percent of
milk in Kenya and that they need required
Smallholder dairy farmers are currently making
losses due to challenges that have forced some of
them to shift to other ventures, he said.
Marete called on the government to ensure that
cooling plants are constructed within reach to
prevent milk from getting spoiled.
Kenya to review policies to boost horticultural
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s fresh produce farmers on Wednesday called on
the government to provide a conducive business
environment to help make the horticultural sector
The Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya CEO
Okisegere Ojepat said the sector has faced stringent
and lengthy clearance processes, multiple taxations
and levies, high energy costs, and trade
restrictions, which has made Kenyan horticultural
products less competitive in the regional and
"The sector has been adversely hit by the
imposition of the 16 percent VAT on pest control
products, among other unfavorable conditions, which
has made our products more expensive even in the
east African region," Ojepat said in a statement
issued in Nairobi.
"We are lamenting about cheap imports from the
neighboring countries like Uganda but we are not
asking ourselves how Ugandans are able to produce
these goods cheaply," Ojepat said during the launch
of the Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya 2019-2024
Strategic Plan in Nairobi.
He said the six-year Strategic Plan would address
several other issues affecting the horticultural
sector including product safety issues and coalition
building to ensure that various organizations work
towards a common goal.
The consortium has also signed a memorandum of
understanding (MoU) with several organizations
including the Nairobi chapter of the Kenya National
Chamber of Commerce and Industry and International
Trade Centre through SheTrades to help it address
the issues related to trade in horticultural
products, both locally and internationally.
Ojepat said the consortium is keen to have
matters that hinder trade in the horticultural
sector addressed urgently.
"We are keen on ensuring there is market access
to products and also that the final products traded
locally and globally meet the safety standard," he
Kenya’s earnings from fresh produce exports in
2018 jumped to 153.68 billion shillings (1.53
billion U.S. dollars), a 33 percent increase over
2017 earnings, according to statistics from the