Post Handling Practices For Value Addition to Enhance Safety,Quality and Marketing of Camel Milk in Laikipia and Isiolo Districts.
Camels produce more milk and for a longer period than any other livestock species in the ASAL conditions of Kenya. However, this comparative advantage has not been fully exploited due to inadequate comprehensive research in post-harvest value addition. The main constraints to the camel milk value chain are: (a) inadequate information on camel milk market structure and demand (b) concerns over public health hazards (c) low hygiene status of camel milk production and handling, and (d) lack of cost-effective post-harvest handling technologies to improve shelf-life and to expand production and marketing. The stakeholders’ meeting at Wajir brought to the fore some pertinent challenges and opportunities faced by the different players in the milk marketing chain in the ASALs.
This research aims at addressing all the above issues by studying the camel milk production and marketing structure, determining the factors affecting the hygiene status of camel milk, utensils and equipments, identifying public health hazards and developing appropriate camel milk handling techniques for small and medium enterprises.The camel milk value-addition chain will include milk production, raw milk handling, processing and packaging, and marketing.
The study will be carried out in selected free-holder areas and ranches in Isiolo and Laikipia Districts. Another stakeholders’ workshop will be held at Isiolo to get further information on challenges and opportunities in the milk marketing chain, not captured in Wajir but relevant to the study sites. Data on camel milk the stakeholders’ inception workshop.