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Embu County in talks to take over KCC plant in Runyenjes, says Governor

The governor said the county is in communication with the national Ministry of Industrialization, which has given it the greenlight to take over the milk plant which nominally belongs to local dairy farmers.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 19 Aug 2016 10:47 EAT

The Embu County government is negotiating a deal with the Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) under which the local Runyenjes milk plant will change hands from KCC to the local government.

Governor Martin Wambora has said that his administration is currently compiling an inventory of all dairy farmers and their cooperative societies as they prepare to transform the Runyenjes plant into a full-fledged milk processing firm.

The governor said the county is in communication with the national Ministry of Industrialization, which has given it the greenlight to take over the milk plant which nominally belongs to local dairy farmers. KCC is a national unit of diverse farmers associations from milk producing regions, but as the sole national milk processor its management and assets were centralised over the years.

The governor said the plant is currently underutilized, serving only as a cooling plant where milk from local farmers is chilled and then transported for processing outside Embu. He said the county government will inject the necessary investment to transform the plant into a complete milk processing factory.

Speaking at Karurumo Market, the governor said the county was currently registering farmers’ cooperative societies within the county in order to enable them manage the factory. He fielded questions from farmers about the state of the dairy sector in Embu.

He highlighted the various milk coolers that his administration was currently establishing at strategic locations across the county.

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