Speaking yesterday at Eldoret kcc Factory during launching of equipment H.E The deputy president William lauded Govenor Jackson Mandogo for numerous developments that his county government has spearheaded in uasingishu county.He signal that he is pleased with the leadership of Uasingishu county .
“I am seeing there is a lot of developments in the grassroots and Eldoret town is in order” said the DP in regard to the state of Uasingishu county.
Also in yesterday’s function, where H.E The Deputy President William Ruto and host governor H.E Jackson Mandago among other leaders were in attendance, Ksh.400M worth of equipment for Eldoret KCC’s powder milk processing machines were launched. This machines will allow the Eldoret KCC factory to facilitate processing of powder milk which will be used during dry seasons. Also, farmers owed by the national milk processor for the past 20 years, we finally given cheques.
Speaking during the function , DP announced “stabilizing” funds amounting close to Ksh 2.5 billion that will follow KCC’s plans for re-ignition. He said the moneys will be paid before July and in the financial year that will follow.
Deputy President H.E William Ruto has commended Uasin Gishu County for the steps made in establishment of milk cooling plants.
The DP said Uasin Gishu has done alot to improve on the dairy industry and that the national government will have it easy to distribute coolers.He added that the County will be given 50 coolers before the end of the month of April this year.
“Uasin Gishu has built shelters for the coolers. This will be very easy for us when we start giving out the coolers,” said the DP during the launch of Ksh 400million worth of equipment for Eldoret’s KCC’s powder milk procesaing machines.
Also, farmers owed by the national milk processer for the past 20 years, we finally given cheques.
The DP also commended the County for having subsidized Artificial Insemination (AI) services by half. Uasin Gishu currently administers heifer sure seed for Ksh 2500 from Ksh 6000.
In his speech at the function H.E Governor Jackson Mandago has asked the Ministry of Trade,Cooperatives and Industrialization to set up a training college in Eldoret. The National Cooperatives College is headquartered in Nairobi, with no other branch outside the capital.
But speaking during the launch of Ksh 400million KCC Eldoret Factory’s Milk Powder Machines, Mandago said it is important the cooperatives training follows devolution.
He said that North Rift counties are betting on the cooperatives movement to change the lives of its people and in return, grow the revenue base.
H.E Mandago said Uasin Gishu County alone has over 100 cooperatives and the establishment of the training college will be crucial in development.
“Already, there are enough cooperatives in Uasin Gishu. If there was a college here, our farmers could be benefiting from the training,” he said.
Uasin Gishu has revived over 60 other cooperatives as it moves to strengthen the cooperatives movement, the pedal that is rowing the global economy.
In fact, the devolved unit has been giving loans of up to Ksh 5 million to each of the cooperatives, at five percent interest.
Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor H.E Daniel Chemno has appealed for the youth to be empowered to get into the dairy industry. According to the DG, the government needs to give youth money from the Youth Fund, a kitty that is still with the national government.
Speaking during the launch of new machines at KCC Limited’s Eldoret Factory today, H.E Chemno said youth need to be assisted to reap from the industry. He said that the youth have been hawking milk but the practice has now been outlawed by the national regulator, Dairy Board.
“Our youth need to be empowered to buy equipment like the milk dispensers,” said Chemno.
The DG said this will be a classic two bird one stone calculation where value addition is done and also works to help curb youth unemployment.