Tetra Pak East Africa is a member of the NNET (New KCC, Nestle, EADD and Tetra Pak) Working Group, a consortium of likeminded organizations that have come together to support dairy farmers realize their dream of transforming into a united and prosperous community capable of charting own future. The consortium is building on the East Africa Dairy Development Project’s agenda of transforming the lives of 179,000 dairy farmers by doubling of their dairy incomes in 10 years.
Besides contributing in kind by being active members of the working group, Tetra Pak has committed close to Kshs 15 million in cash support accelerated development of 4 dairy hubs in Kenya and contributing to development of a “route to market” initiative in Rwanda. In the words of Mr. Kennedy Ouma, General Manager Tetra Pak, “The intention is to bring together players in the local dairy value chain by sharing expertise and resources so as to increase the quantity and quality of milk processed through the cooling plants established by EADD. This is expected to bring sustainability in the sector and ensure milk availability all year round”. He added that “Currently, the dairy industry in Kenya is reliant on weather patterns as evidenced recently. This dairy hub is one of three we have in the pipeline whose aim is to support the entire value chain. It is our endeavor to collaborate with sector players with an overall aim of introducing professionalism in the dairy industry whilst ensuring processors have consistent quantity and quality of milk supply throughout the year.” The company recently handed out a cheque of Kshs 3 million to support set up and growth of Kokiche Dairy in Buret, Kericho, Kenya. The money will go towards carrying out a detailed milk-shed study, staff and management development and purchase of steel or aluminium milk cans to replace un-hygienic plastic vessels currently in use.
Nestle and New KCC are partnering with EADD to transform Kabiyet Division into a “Nestle Model Milk District” producing and bulking projected 100,000 litres of quality milk per day (in the next 5 years) to supply NKCC to process into milk powder to meet the growing demand for quality powder for Nestle Equatorial.
To achieve it mission, the working group will be expanded to include banks, feed manufactures, vet pharmaceuticals, government agencies and other players.