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Mwangi Wa Iria CRP party distributes dairy cows to marginalized women groups in Laikipia

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Mwangi Wa Iria CRP party distributes dairy cows to marginalized women groups in Laikipia

Civic Renewal Party has rolled out a programme to distribute dairy cows to women groups and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in marginalized areas.

Party National Chairman Wachira Gituku speaking over the weekend in Solio settlement scheme in Laikipia County where the party distributed 10 graded heifers to widows said that the move was in line with the party’s vision of empowering dairy farmers in the country.

CRP has set is eyes on eradicating poverty in rural areas across the country and that why we came up with this dairy cow distribution programme. It’s the high time we teach people to fish instead of giving them fish,” Gituku said during the distribution exercise.

He further said that the party targeted to distribute over 100 dairy cows in Laikipia County under the programme. Beneficiaries are expected to give out a calf to another family once the cow gives birth.

Gituku added that his party leader Mwangi wa Iria who is also the Murang’a governor had rolled out a similar programme in his county and it had gone a long way in empowering homesteads in the area where they sell milk from the cows to support families.

Margaret Wangechi, a widow and one of the beneficiaries said that heifer she got would go a long way in empowering her family livelihoods and assist her to educate her four children.

Another beneficiary Priscilla Muthoni said that the dairy cows would greatly help in empowering women especially in the semi-arid parts of Laikipia where other forms of farming hardly do well due to limited rainfall.

“Dairy farming is the ideal economic activity of this region since it’s mostly dry and the only crop that does well here is hay farming that comes in handy for livestock keeping,” Muthoni said.

Wangechi Kinyua, a youth leader of the party in Laikipia said that the dairy cow programme by the party was intended on empowering rural folk from relying on handouts from those in power.

According to the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPRA), Murang’a County received over 20 billion shillings from milk sales last year. Wa Iria has set up a multibillion milk processing plant in Maragua that buys and processes the product from local farmers.

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