The residents of Maraba in Kenya have seen the Nandi hills become a hive of activity as The Maraba Milk Vendors Group use donkeys to transport over 600 litres of milk a day. The donkey transport the milk over mountainous terrain of Ndurio to low-lying Karunga in Miwani,where they sell their milk to the City bicycle transporters from Kisumu City,50 kilometres away from the Nandi Hills escarpment.
A spot check visit to Maraba has shown dramatic changes on the donkeys” husbandry, as most of them are now healthy and able to work the whole day as opposed to working only in the delivery of milk.
Mr. Joseph Chepsiror, Chairman of the Maraba Milk Vendors Group says the donkey harnesses have reduced incidences of milk spillage and made them to be efficient to transport over 1,000 litres of milk daily for the Maraba dairy farmers to the market.
” We no longer runaway from the Kenya Dairy Board Officers as we have been issued with a milk-transporting license, which legitimises our milk business as required by the Kenya Dairy Board, “says Kosgei.
Mr. Kennedy Kosgei, a donkey owner says before donkeys were mischievous to their owners because of the wounds but since they were trained on proper donkey husbandry and health, now the donkeys are discipline and more healthy.
“For us, the sky is always the limit as we intend to buy our own vehicle to help us to transport high volumes of milk to reduce the rampant milk spoilage caused by delay in milk delivery by bicycle transporters to the end market in Kisumu City, “says Kosgei.