By Nancy Masit
Keyian Farmers Co-operative Society Limited has made farmers proud because it has enhanced their socio-economic status.
Apart from empowering members the local community has also benefited through corporate social responsibility projects it has undertaken.
Founded and registered in 1968, Keyian is situated 27 km from Kilgoris town in Transmara, Narok County.
Its core activities include breeding Sahiwal and Fresian Holstein cows, trading in livestock sales, breeding bulls, steers and heifers and milk bulking.
They also have a 570 acre sugarcane plantation,140 acres under tea, also do prebiotic yoghurt, fermented and fresh milk, grow their own maize for silage.
They also grow Boma Rhodes grass for their own use and also sell to farmers and also operate tree nurseries.
The society has a dispensary accredited to NHIF and also operates residential rental housing units in Kilgoris.
The manager Mr. David Kuya says the community has benefited greatly because of employment opportunities at the society.
Students from vulnerable households also get scholarships at Jomo Kenyatta University and Technology (JKUAT) with the girl child getting first priority.
The community gets clean spring water from the society while security is enhanced by GSU and regular police hosed by their compound.