Techwin’s Milk Cooling Plants Benefit Tana River Dairy Farmers
On 27th November 2020, Techwin’s milk cooling plants were handed over to the Tana River County Government. The handover took place in Tana River County at the factory. The ceremony was graced by the County Director of Livestock Production, Mr. Nzioka Wambua, county local leaders, and Techwin Limited members led by the Director (Projects and Technical Services)
Tana River County Government in partnership with the European Union (EU) has funded the putting up of two mini milk cooling plants in Bangale and Garsen Wards which were designed, supplied, and installed by Techwin Limited. Techwin’s milk cooling plants will be used for milk collection, bulking, and chilling centers.
“The objective of the plants is to contribute to local economic development by improving the incomes of milk producers in the Tana River County,’’ area County Director of Livestock Production, Nzioka Wambua said.
Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research (KIPPRA) report on Exploring Kenya Dairy Industry for Job Creation for the Youth, said that the dairy value chain as a whole is estimated to provide about 700,000 jobs.
Nzioka Wambua said they are expecting an increase of 50 percent in the quantity of milk produced and sold from the Tana River County thanks to Techwin Limited’s cooling plant.
The plants will reduce losses by spoilage and will increase the shelf–life of milk. Two Satellite milk collection centers are operating at Boka in Tana North Sub-county and Tarassa in Tana Delta Sub-county, the satellite will hold the milk before it’s transported to the main cooling plants.
“The quality and hygiene of milk produced will improve, thus enhancing its marketability. 10,000 liters of milk will be processed in a day, an increment from the current 3,000 liters per day,’’ added Wambua.
Techwin’s Director (Projects and Technical Services), Mr. John Wanjohi appreciated, “As Techwin, our work in this project is done and we are proud of the achievements so far which could not have been attained single-handedly. Collaboration and partnership with key stakeholders have kept it going. We wish to appreciate the County government for being part of the process.”