The construction of the new Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC) milk cooling plant in Meru has began, an investment that will cost the government KSh250 million.
The plant, which will have a holding capacity of 100,000 litres when complete, seeks to improve the farmers’ milk production capacity by enabling them to store their milk and sell it to processors at a good price, and at their convenience.
The new facility will offer bulking and chilling services, as well as pasteurizing the raw milk before it is transported to processing facilities.
The milk cooling plant, located in Nyambene, Meru, is expected to be complete by October this year.
This development comes at a time when the country is witnessing upsurge of milk imports from the neighbouring Uganda. Recently, cartons of Lato milk were impounded on claims that they were smuggled into the country.