The challenges affecting dairy farmers in Kenya: a case study of dairy farmer groups in Njabini, Nyandarua County.

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dc.contributor.author Ter-Hemen, Amah Tony
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-29T10:55:32Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-29T10:55:32Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/599
dc.description A Research Project Report Submitted to the Chandaria School of Business in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) en_US
dc.description.abstract The general objective of this study was to examine the challenges facing dairy farming groups in Njabini locality, the study was guided by the following research questions: To explore the infrastructural challenges facing dairy farmer groups in Kenya, to assess government policy constraints facing dairy farmer groups in Kenya, to examine financial constraints facing dairy farmer groups in Kenya. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design with a focus on dairy farmers groups in Njabini locality, located in Nyandarua County. A simple random sampling technique was adopted to collect the necessary data. The study worked with a sample population of 96 dairy farmers who own cattle, supply and sell milk. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics to determine the frequency distribution for the demographic profiles of participants. The demographic data was tabulated using frequency and percentages. The data was then interpreted and presented in the form of tables, figures and graphical column charts, through the use of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software. The study revealed that as a result of poor road network, smallholder farmers depend on inefficient forms of transportation including use of animals. Poor infrastructure including poor rural roads, markets and transportation systems that result in high transactions costs for farmers and inaccessibility to markets for inputs and products are among the major concerns for the industry. Poor infrastructure has also contributed to poor market integration in the country. The findings of this study revealed that the dairy policies and statutes governing the dairy sector such as the formulation of the first Dairy Development Policy for Kenya dates way back in 1993 after liberalization and as much as this policy was later revised in 1997 and was again revised in 2000. Despite stakeholder consultations, there has been a slow pace of policy revision and therefore the proposed Dairy Act continues to remain unresolved. Dairy policies pre-date independence therefore it‟s discriminative and inapplicable to the recent and growing challenges facing the Kenyan dairy sector. Legal frameworks necessary for facilitating growth and development are as old as 1958 i.e. the Dairy industry Act (Cap 336,laws of Kenya) enacted in that year, and revised in 1962,1972,1984. The study concludes that dairy farmers are faced with challenges such as limited access to financial services, lack of working capital, low liquidity (due to inability to access financial services), low spending on agriculture by most African governments, high costs of production due to insufficient access to market information, unavailability of agricultural based financing and agricultural grants. The findings also concludes that road networks and key Infrastructural facilities are either lacking, in poor condition or nonexistent as in the case of feeder roads and road networks. Inadequate dairy production information necessary for the optimal quality of dairy products and the required milk marketing activities for milk markets integration. en_US
dc.publisher United States International University - Africa en_US
dc.subject Dairy Farmers en_US
dc.title The challenges affecting dairy farmers in Kenya: a case study of dairy farmer groups in Njabini, Nyandarua County. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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