Murang’a County Governor Mwangi wa Iria has launched another ambitious plan to woo youths to invest in dairy farming.
Dubbed ‘One Youth One Cow’, the project, a joint initiative between the county government and the Murang’a County Creameries (MCC) will allow youths to access seed capital to purchase and rear dairy cows for the expanding milk market.
This is how Governor wa Iria explains the new project:
In this plan; the targeted beneficiary gets enlisted as a member to a primary dairy co-operative in his WardÂ affiliatedÂ toÂ MCC which acts as a guarantor and financier in purchasing a cow.Upon the beneficiary choice of a cow, livestock and veterinary officers assesses the cow’s health and milk production potential. Later the targeted beneficiary pays 4% (cow value) insurance cover and the lending institution then pays for the cow. TheÂ insuranceÂ tag securesÂ the cow against risks.The beneficiary then starts paying for the cow after the delivery and the deduction is made from the milk sales from a fraction agreed upon by the beneficiary and MCC. Dairy farming is one of the pillar that anchors the economy of Murang’a and this informs the pertinence of involving the youths in this genre of farming.The persons with disabilities will also be accordedÂ similarÂ treatment with the youths in thisÂ plan.Those that are not in the youth bracket are also eligible to this program but will have to pay additional Kshs. 10,000 in top of the 4%Â insuranceÂ fees. I will also work with local livestock dealers formerly known as ‘cattle brokers’Â whose experience in livestock market will aid in fetching high breed cows at reasonable prices.Our team of livestock andÂ veterinaryÂ officers will be conducting routine check ups in ensuring that the cows are reared under the rightÂ conditions. In the first phase that I launched today twoÂ hundredÂ and fifty (250) cows were given to beneficiariesÂ drawn from various wards. This is a continuous program that bears an intention of reaching out to more youths as we will be giving out more cows on a monthly timeline.