KENYA – Brookside Dairy, a leading dairy producer in Kenya, has partnered a Co-operative Bank’s capacity-building arm, the Co-op Consultancy and Insurance Agency in rolling out a training programme that seeks to enhance cooperate governance across the dairy sector.

Business Daily reports that the training programme targets official from more than 300 dairy co-operatives across the country.

The officials will receive training on topics such as performance measurement and internal controls to ensure that co-operatives are better managed.

According to John Gethi, director of milk procurement and manufacturing at Brookside Dairy, the programme lies within the group’s trajectory of ensuring sustainable management practices for a sustainable milk sector.

“It is in our best interest, as the main market for raw milk from dairy co-operatives, that the groups adopt sustainable management practices that would eventually encourage members to increase milk production,” he said.

He also said that Brookside remains committed in reinforcing its relation with institutions as it seeks to provide improved and valuable services including provision of financial services and farm inputs.

“As a result of our partnership with dairy groups, many of them have grown to become industry giants who have extended their business beyond the primary role of marketing milk for smallholder farmers and ventured into provision of financial services,”  he added.

The trainings are set to benefit cooperatives staff from 27 counties as part of its strategy to encourage bulk milk sales.

Brookside notes that through bulking, co-operatives have been able to reduce the cost of milk marketing and enabled dairy farmers to realise higher returns through provision of a reliable and remunerative outlet.

Brookside Dairy, which procures nearly 1.5 million litres of raw milk every day, said it largely owes its success to producers.

This comes at a time when the firm has unveiled plans of adopting milk payment to suppliers based on milk quality as it seeks to produce more premium products like ghee and butter.

Brookside Dairy also launched a bonus scheme to reward farmers who surpassed the delivery targets as firm races to tap more raw milk against it major competitors like New KCC.

Founded in 1993 in Kenya, Brookside also exports to Uganda and Tanzania.