Kenya looks to boost dairy export to Poland

The Kenyan government has invested $22.5 million for Polish company Faspol SP.Z.O.O to supply 350 milk cooling installations. This is to improve Kenya’s dairy farming and boost production in the country.

Faspol, according to a statement on their website, says, “as we visit twice a month, we can see its great potential. Based on our rich experience in the agri-food industry we have decided to offer our products and services in Kenya. We are proud to contribute to the development of such fascinating markets as the African ones.”

The process of installing the Ultra-modern cooling machines in Kenya began in December 2017, with an investment of $22.5 million (about Ksh2.27 billion) as the country looks improve milk processing.

CEO of Faspol, Marcin Kaleta, stated that out of the 350 coolers to be installed, the company has already shipped 180 and installed 50.

“Every installation can freeze 3,000 litres of milk in two hours,” said Kaleta. “Generally every cooler will freeze 6,000 litres of milk daily. It means, that 350 installations has daily capacity of 2.1 million liters of milk daily.”

The project agreement which was reached between the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry and its Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is aimed at boosting trade from investors in Poland and ensuring more exports of the Kenyan product.

A recent report conducted by Smallholder Dairy Project (SDP) asserts that there are approximately 6.7 million dairy cattle in Kenya. Meanwhile, the country’s Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) estimates that there are about 5.5 million milking animals.

As the largest sub sector of agriculture, Dairy farming contributes 14 percent to the total GDP from agriculture. The sub sector has an annual growth rate of 4.1 percent compared to the 1.2 percent agricultural growth rate.

In Africa, only Kenya and South Africa produce enough milk for both domestic consumption and export.