Brookside cooling plants. PHOTO | BMS
Brookside cooling plants. PHOTO | BMS
Battle brew at the Taita Taveta Brookside dairy company after announcing that it would be shutting down its Wumingu milk cooling plant effective March 1, 2020, in a notice that increased fears amongst hundreds of dairy farmers in the county.

Speaking at a public baraza in Wumingu, Governor Granton Samboja assured dairy farmers that Brookside executives had agreed to continue receiving milk from local farmers.

“I met the Brookside executive chairman and we agreed they will continue receiving milk from today going forward. We also agreed they will be having consultative meetings with stakeholders on how to address some challenges that have prompted our farmers to withdraw from the company for lack of substantive profit,” he said.

However, Brookside spokesman Wilson Okong’o said reports that the Company had planned closure of its operations in the county were untrue saying no such notice had been issued to farmers.

“The story can only be factual if the farmers were issued with a notice of closure but I can tell you there is none. Everything about the whole story is just political and leaders are using it to seek political mileage,” Okong’o assured.

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