Milk Dispensers For Camel Milk In Wajir County
Wajir County has proposed to invest Kshs. 56,318,040.00 (51.2% of total 110 million grant) in Camel milk solar chilling and bulking kiosks. The kiosks will be constructed in 5 of the previously identified 8 camel milk corridor routes so as to ensure equal resource allocation. Two management models are proposed the first is to build and rent the kiosks in a tenant-lease arrangement with the primary and secondary traders. The second model is a public-private partnership with a private entrepreneur, Nourishing Nomads (NNL), the county will build the solar kiosks and NNL will manage and maintain the asset for an agreed period of time, the revenue generated will then be shared with the county in a70% (NNL); 30%(county-livestock section) sharing agreement.
Camel livestock are an important livelihood asset that assures food and economic security during the dry/drought seasons. Camels are predominately reared by pastoralists that inhabit the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya.
Camel milk differs from cow milk as it has lower lactose and fat content but higher levels of minerals and vitamins. Camel milk contains three times more vitamin C and 10 times more iron when compared to cow's milk. Camel milk has several medicinal benefits such as ability to improve AIDS and tuberculosis treatment outcomes, manage autism, reduce the amount of insulin used in diabetic patients, treat anaemia and lessens food and auto-immune allergic reactions.
Source: Case Study by Dr. Pauline Gitonga from Kenyatta University