John Stephen Okurut, the Chairperson of Kabarwa Dairy Plant, said the facility only worked between 2015 and 2018 after being established. He notes that trouble in the management of the facility started when the sub-county tendered it to Patrick Mwesigye in September 2018.
million Shillings milk plant is wasting away in Kabarwa Sub County in Bukedea
district following the failure by the farmers to manage it. The Shillings 150
million milk plant was built by the local government ministry under the Community
Infrastructure Improvement Program, CAIIP in 2013 with funding from the World
worked briefly after it was handed over to the sub-county authorities and 53 dairy
farmers in Kabarwa. It has a capacity of processing 2,360 liters.
John Stephen Okurut, the Chairperson of Kabarwa Dairy Plant, said the facility
only worked between 2015 and 2018 after being established. He notes that
trouble in the management of the facility started when the sub-county tendered
it to Patrick Mwesigye in September 2018. He explains that most farmers
abandoned the facility, something that affected its operations.
“There is a lot of milk here without market that is why we requested for the
milk cooler to enable dairy farmers to collect their milk and sell at better
prices. But the first issue that has affected the facility is power. We run the
generator throughout yet the electricity poles are just a stone throw away from
the facility. Being redundant here has helped some wrong elements dismantle
some parts of the cooler”, he said.
Okurut revealed that the battery, a fuse and some other parts of the cooler
were removed from the plant. URN visited Kabarwa Milk Plant and found it
covered by grass up to the access door. Kevin
Apolot, a dairy farmer in Kabarwa, says that they need power and serious
management to enable build trust among farmers.
She reveals that some farmers are still demanding money from
the managers of the facility for the milk supplied. Dr. Francis Ongelech, the
Bukedea District Veterinary Officer blames the problems at the plant on poor
attitude and management. He told our reporter that the district has tried to
mobilize farmers to run the plant privately especially as a cooperative but
with little success.
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Kabarwa Milk Plant is the only facility in Bukedea district for collecting milk