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Regulations to pay dairy farmers based on quality of milk set for March

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The current pricing model that relies on the weight of milk and does not fully reward farmers for high-quality husbandry. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Farmers will be paid based on the quality of their milk as opposed to weight once Kenya adopts fresh regulations in March.

The quality-based pricing model will be influenced by the amount of butterfat in a kilogramme of raw milk, which should also be free from antibiotics and added water.

This will allow processors such as Brookside Dairy — which will start the quality based payment ahead of the law — to produce premium products like ghee and butter.

Livestock PS Harry Kimutai said the stakeholders were vetting the regulations.

“Processors will be paying farmers based on quality as opposed to the quantity to ensure that farmers get the most out of their venture and discourage milk adulteration,” he said.

The current pricing model that relies on the weight of milk and does not fully reward farmers for high-quality husbandry.

The PS also said they are streamlining animal feeds industry to ensure that farmers get quality feeds, which plays an important role in the production of quality milk.

“We have a lot of low quality feeds out there and what we are trying to do is to ensure that there are laws in place to streamline manufacturing of feeds,” said Mr Kimutai.

Kenya Dairy Board managing director Margret Kibogy said they would ensure that Kenyans get high-quality milk.

“Some of the things that the regulations will address is the use of recommended containers and the need for pasteurisation of all milk that is dispensed,” she said.

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