Most of small farmers consider dairy farming as subsistence farming rather than commercial purpose.
Most of small farmers consider dairy farming as subsistence farming rather than commercial purpose. Moreover in Kenya, nearly 70-80 percent of milk production comes from smallholders from Rift valley and Central Province. In order to help smallholder farmers to boost their milk production, the Nyandarua government plans to install several milk coolants in 25 wards in the region until 2017. According to the Cooperative Development Executive officer, the coolants will increase the dairy farmers’ incomes and reduce post harvest losses. In the dairy value chain, maintaining the quality of the milk harvested is key in order to meet consumer demand. Furthermore, a better price can be fetched once the milk tends to be fresh and well preserved, thus milk coolants play an important role in the chain. In Kenya, approximately 73 billion Kshs is contributed by dairy sector per year which represents nearly 4% of country’s GDP.