The Star (Nairobi)

22 November 2012

Kenya: Ethiopian PM Tours Brookside Dairy Today

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegne will today tour Brookside Dairy factory and the ongoing construction of a multi-drier complex at Ruiru.

The milk drying facility, which is expected to ready by New year, will triple Brookside's daily output of 2.4 million litres. General manager milk procurement and extension services John Gethi said Dessalegne and the firm's executive chairman Muhoho Kenyatta will hold talks on bilateral trade.

"The visit by the Ethiopian leader is significant to us, as we explore additional markets for our products and overall regional integration as a catalyst for trade in this area," he said in a statement.

The first phase of the dry milk complex was inaugurated by Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete. It will be the first visit by the Ethiopian leader to Kenya after he ascended to power following the death of Meles Zenawi in August.

Dessalegne, who arrived in the country yesterday, will be taken on the tour of Brookside by the Livestock Development minister Mohammed Kuti. Yesterday, Gethi said Brookside is keen to expand its market.

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