DTI was founded in 1963 as a dairy training school and has since operated as a government institution, providing trained personnel for the dairy industry. The institute was established with assistance from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), under the milk conservation programme, to provide trained personnel to promote and strengthen small-scale farmer milk production, processing and marketing in the rural areas.

From 1963 to 1990, DTI was the regional Dairy Development and Training Centre for the English speaking countries in East and Central Africa under the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The Institute now offers training to dairy farmers and other interested parties on Dairy cattle management, feed formulation, quality control, and milk processing through competence-based training relevant for the East African region and Kenyan dairy industry in particular.

Currently, DTI is offering practical oriented, hands on training in Dairy Science Technology and Dairy Management in the East African region. DTI is located on a 1,308-acre piece of land in Naivasha district of Nakuru county, 100 kilometres North West of Nairobi, off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

Dairy Training Institute Naivasha is managed by the State Department for Livestock under the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Fisheries and Cooperatives. The institution is licensed and registered by the Technical and Vocational Education Authority (TVETA).

The registration license number of Dairy Training Institute is TVETA / PUBLIC / TVC /0002 / 2014.


β€œTo be a regional center of excellence for capacity building in the dairy subsector.”


β€œ To provide quality training, research, consultancy and outreach services in dairy production, value addition, quality control, appropriate technology, marketing and entrepreneurship skills in the dairy subsector for improved productivity.”