Uasin Gishu county to spend KSH120M in milk-feeding program!

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It will stabilize learner’s attendance in schools as well as improve on transition contributing immensely to the health and nutrition status of our learners-

Uasin Gishu County Launches milk feeding program for the ECDE Learners/Photo Caleb Kemboi

By Hilda Sawe

The County Government of Uasin Gishu will this financial year allocate close to KSH 120M in a milk-feeding program targeting over 40,000 ECDE learners across the county.

Speaking during the official launch of the program where over KSh 60M has been spent in the initial phase,Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii is optimistic that the program will enhance nutrition status of learners and bring relief to struggling parents.

“It will ensure a level playing field and give every child an equal chance to succeed,” the Governor noted.

The event held at the Central Primary School Grounds and presided over by Basic Education Principal Secretary Dr. Belio Kipsang has been hailed as a model program that will ensure pupils have a strong foundation health-wise, increase enrollment and enhance pupils’ retention in schools.

The County Government is likely  to spend  close to KSH4M weekly in the milk feeding program.

Governor Bii has stated that Under the milk feeding program,  over 40,000 learners in at least 673 ECDE schools will be getting a packet of 200ml milk twice every week.

 

Dr. Belio Kipsang hailed the initiative noting that it will increase gender parity in schools and assured the National Governments support in The Home grown school meal program.

“It will stabilize learner’s attendance in schools as well as improve on transition contributing immensely to the health and nutrition status of our learners “Said Dr.Belio

New KCC company’s Managing Director Nixon Sigei said that if optimised,the program will not only spur the development of the pupils but also positively impact on dairy farming.

Sigei says Uasin Gishu is the first county to roll out the initiative, with at least 10 Governors expressing interest to follow in the same footsteps.

Kenya’s Dairy industry contributes close to 4% of the GDP

For the last three years The National Government has committed over KSh700M In the Modernization of the Eldoret KCC the Second largest dairy processor in East and Central Africa.

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