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Brookside, Co-op Bank to start dairy training

John Gethi
John Gethi, Brookside Dairy’s director of milk procurement and manufacturing. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Brookside Dairy has partnered with Co-operative Bank’s #ticker:COOP capacity-building arm, the Co-op Consultancy and Insurance Agency, to train officials of societies in the sector on corporate governance.

The firm, which partners with more than 300 dairy co-operatives across the country, said the training for board members would encompass topics such as performance measurement and internal controls to ensure that co-operatives are better managed.

“It is in our best interest, as the main market for raw milk from dairy co-operatives, that the groups adopt sustainable management practices that would eventually encourage members to increase milk production,” said John Gethi, Brookside Dairy’s director of milk procurement and manufacturing.

The trainings are set to benefit cooperatives staff from 27 counties.

Mr Gethi said Brookside was keen to deepen ties with the institutions in a bid to raise the value of services offered to members, including provision of financial services and farm inputs.

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Brookside Dairy, which procures nearly 1.5 million litres of raw milk every day, said it largely owes its success to producers.

The firm, which is affiliated to the Kenyatta family, recently said it will start paying farmers based on milk quality as it seeks to produce more premium products like ghee and butter.

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