Farmers-owned Kinangop Dairy Ltd has set its sights on a multi-million shilling supply deal for pre-primary institutions in Nyandarua County.
The county government plans to introduce milk-feeding programme in Early Childhood Development (ECD) institutions from January in a bid to keep children in schools.
Governor Francis Kimemia said in a statement that preference would be given to suppliers in the county, putting Kinangop Dairy in a pole position for the deal.
“We need to start making orders very early so that the milk can be labelled either in the name of Muki (the cooperative society that owns Kinangop Dairy Ltd) and the county government or that of schools so that as they open in January we can see if pupils can start getting milk,” Mr Kimemia said.
Upon implementation, Nyandarua will join other counties which have introduced school feeding programmes with emphasis on milk — a key attraction of pupils in the 1980s and 1990s during the reign of retired President Daniel Moi.
Mombasa was among the first counties to introduce free milk in learning institutions for pupils up to Standard Three in mid 2015, while Migori partnered with market leader Brookside in March 2016 for a similar programme.
Kinangop Dairy CEO Samuel Macharia said they have raised production capacity to 320,000 litres and packaging capacity to 130,000 litres a day.