Dairy farmers cry foul over milk hawking ban
A milk vendor serves customers at a Nyeri shop last year. The Kenya Dairy Board has banned hawking of raw milk. The Kenya Dairy Board says rules are meant to ensure consumers get hygienic products from licensed vendors.
“We are small-scale farmers trying to make ends meet and the ban will cripple us, especially now that schools are almost opening and children need school fees,” said Paul Sitienei, a dairy farmer from Kapseret. But the board defended its move saying it is mandated to ensure milk consumers get high standard products from licensed vendors who have undergone health certification.
Speaking in Eldoret on Wednesday when the ban on mobile sale of raw milk was issued, KDB North Rift Branch manager Pius Cheserek said the directive will save consumers from buying unhygienic milk. Mr Cheserek said close to 15,000 litres of raw milk are traded daily by mobile venders to customers within Eldoret town and its neighbourhood, and the handling poses big health risks to consumers.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Daily AfricaSimilar Stories