Influence of Milk Collection and Utility Innovation on Value Chain Performance of Dairy Sector in Moiben Sub- County, Kenya
Agriculture contributes immensely toward Kenya’s vision 2030. The dairy sector currently contributes about 6-8% of Kenya’s GDP and over 70% of households in Uasin Gishu County depend on it. Majority of the stakeholders in the County are smallholder dairy farmers who face many challenges, some of which have attracted the attention of the government, donors and NGOs for support. Despite efforts made in improving the dairy sector, there is still low productivity. Value chain innovations seem to have contributed little in alleviating the problem. The issues of concern are milk collection and milk utility form innovations whose influence are unknown. Therefore, this study evaluated the influence of milk collection and utility innovation on performance of the dairy sector in Moiben Sub- County, Kenya. The study was anchored on Porter’s Value Chain Theory and Theory of Innovation, and guided by conceptual framework. Explanatory research design was used. The target population was 22138 and a sample of 393 was used. Simple random sampling technique was used in selecting respondents. Primary data was collected using questionnaires and interview and analyzed using multiple regression technique with the help of SPSS. The result of milk collection innovation was statistically significant (t=5.225, P=0.000, P<.05). Also, the study found that milk utility form has significant influence (t=4.598, P=0.000, P<.05) on dairy sector performance. The study concluded that milk collection and milk utility form innovations have positive contributions toward performance of dairy sector. The study recommended development of strategic policies to foster creativity in milk collection and milk utility form. The study will benefit dairy farmers, policy makers, researchers and academicians.
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