Githun­guri co­op­er­a­tive records Sh100 mil­lion loss

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central -

Githun­guri Dairy Farm­ers Co-op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety made a Sh100 mil­lion loss dur­ing the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year.

Speak­ing dur­ing an AGM in Githun­guri on Satur­day, chair­man Charles Mukora said turnover re­duced from Sh7.2 bil­lion to Sh7.1 bil­lion due to flood­ing of milk in the market.

Githun­guri is the third-largest pro­ducer of milk prod­ucts. It sells prod­ucts un­der its Fre­sha brand. “The weather dur­ing the last year was good. There was a lot of rain, caus­ing a glut. Farm­ers brought in more milk and there was a prob­lem in sales,” Mukora said. He said com­peti­tors are fo­cussed on sell­ing pow­dered milk.

Mukora said some em­ploy­ees were col­lud­ing with mem­bers to in­flate prices.

“The big­gest chal­lenge we had was our staff col­lud­ing with mem­bers to steal. Twenty-three mem­bers were paid Sh2.7 mil­lion in a month. This hurt turnover. There are also some mem­bers who adul­ter­ated milk with wa­ter, which low­ers the qual­ity,” he said.

Mukora said the so­ci­ety used to col­lect more than 700kg of milk cream, but this has re­duced to 250kg be­cause of adulteration. “We have put mea­sures to curb the adulteration of milk as we will tell each farmer how many litres to sup­ply us with,” he said.

STAN­LEY NJENGA

Mem­bers of Githun­guri Dairy Farm­ers Co-op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety dur­ing the AGM at the Githun­guri Sta­dium on Satur­day/

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