How group saves farmers the agony of low milk prices

Employees at the Mumberes Farmers’ Co-operative Society Limited in Baringo collect delivered milk. The society serves over 3,000 farmers, 1,700 from Baringo County and the rest from neighbours Nakuru and Kericho. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NMG

What you need to know:

  • The society serves over 3,000 farmers, 1,700 from Baringo County and the rest from neighbours Nakuru and Kericho. Each of the farmers keeps an average of four animals.
  • Barno notes the society has the capacity to process 16,000 litres of milk per day but due to low supply, they are only doing 11,000.
  • Mumberes buys farmers’ produce at between Sh28 and Sh35 per litre. At the price, Koima notes that they are making some profit but not as much as the others buying at lower prices.
  • Their challenges include fluctuating milk prices, importation of powdered milk, dominance of the sector by the big processors and poor infrastructure in the region, which has slowed down its expansion.

A 200-metre earth road snakes from Equator Trading Centre in Baringo County and terminates at Mumberes Farmers’ Co-operative Society Limited.

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