In Africa and Indonesia, demand for animal products is booming around the growing cities. In response, a specialised high input dairy and meat industry is developing. AgriProFocus promotes entrepreneurship in the animal husbandry, especially for smallholder animal production, which is multifunctional and has low use of inputs.
AgriProFocus aims for optimising the farming system via transfer of proven technology, capacity building to producers and developing market access, infrastructure and institutions around dairy. Priorities include roughage and fodder, milk and meat quality, animal management and the record keeping in animal production.
Our activities include:
- promoting entrepreneurship in dairy learning labs (Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania)
- promoting business linkages in meat production (poultry Zambia)
- herding for the markets event (Kenya)
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The importance of dairy farming and its contribution to the economic growth of a country cannot be over emphasized. In most countries, dairy farming is not only seen as a source of nutrients for millions of consumers but is also an important source of income for farmers and plays a significant role in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of these countries.
Therefore milk, and dairy are an important subsector in the national economies of many developing countries.
However, just like any other industry, the African dairy industry faces many challenges resulting from a number of factors, one particular challenge that has gripped the sector is lack of cold chain facilities.
Emerging dairy sectors in developing African countries cannot cool raw milk on-farm due to the lack of reliable electricity. Often the quality of the evening milk is lost because it doesn’t survive the overnight heat.
This h... Read more
SNV places high priority on internal and external learning and knowledge development on inclusive dairy value chain.
In the case of the EDGET project (Enhancing Dairy Sector Growth in Ethiopia 2013-2017) the learning and knowledge strategy involved:
The project developed and disseminated nine practice briefs, eight farmer extension materials and nine extension training manuals u... Read more
PUM has participated in several successful dairy programmes and is developing new dairy programmes with different stakeholders in the emerging economies such as Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, etc. Based on these experiences, PUM summarized their approach and shared lessons learned in this publication.
I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa. This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security.
Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more... Read more
The Farmer's Agrifest will take place from 28th -30th September 2018 at Makerere University Kabanyolo under the Theme: Re-branding Agriculture for Economic Take Off.
This event serves as a major economic event for many local small farmers and vendors. Upwards of 60,000 people come to this 3 day event for many different reasons such as Food, History, Culture, Information, to network, listen to the music and have fun to name a few.
Many farmers and pretty much all vendors in the community believe the event is more than feasible and provides a networking platform.
There have been reports of Anthrax outbreak in the country affecting animals in western Uganda as well as the West Nile regions. The outbreak has caused panic among farmers and the communities in the affected regions.
What is anthrax?
Anthrax is a disease caused by a spore-forming bacterium called bacillus anthracis. The disease has existed for hundreds of years and still occurs naturally in both animals and humans all over the world in all continents except Antarctica. Due to the recent outbreak in the country, scientists majoring in animal husbandry are doing their best to curb the situation.
What causes outbreaks of anthrax?
Outbreaks are usually caused in response to unusual weather patterns, which can cause spores that were dormant in the soil to come to the surface where they are swallowed by ruminants.
The spores of the disease can stay in the environment for about 48 years. Usually, the bacteria are exposed when there is continuous rain and f... Read more
Wageningen University and Research - Milking to Potential course
13th to 31th May 2019
Full scholarship application deadline : 16/10/2018
3 weeks in a friendly and international environment to discover the Dutch dairy sector, to learn to encompass the multiple aspects of dairy systems, and to design transition paths that are socially, economically and ecologically balanced.
The course is conceived for dairy professionals from all around the world and full scholarships are available.
Learn more on : https://www.wur.nl/en/activity/CDIcourse_milking_to_potential_2019.htm
Hope to see you soon in the Netherlands!
This study and learning trajectory by Wageningen Livestock Research and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) analyses the way in which national poultry value chains in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda are influenced by the dependency on inputs from and market outlets in other countries in East Africa (EA). The growth of the poultry sector in the various countries has not been equal. This has inevitably led to a situation whereby the poultry sector in some countries depends on the poultry sector in other countries, e.g. for inputs (day old chicks, vaccines) or for market outlets of eggs and poultry meat. This inter dependency is not necessarily always conducive for a more sustainable development of poultry sectors.
Genesis farm was established a couple of years ago by a Dutch entrepreneur who started off with a vegetable farm in Debre Ziet, Ethiopia. Through imported seeds from Holland and by making good use of the circumstances in Debre Ziet, this farm grew high quality crops for which a big market existed and expanded production and activities. Local people were involved in crop production and were stimulated to improve their own lives with good and healthy food. The Farm is currently engaged in a year round production of vegetables due to availability of water from boreholes as well as dairy, poultry, horticulture, feed production and several ornamental flowers, plants and trees.
Currently the farm has expanded and engaged in many activities and links with other local farms. Vegetables are still being grown where seeds are imported and the crops grow at more than 100 hectares of the farm. Drip Irrigation system is used for the growing of crops. Besi
Statistics show that milk production increased to over 2.4 billion litres in 2017/18 compared to 2.1 billion litres in the preceding year, falling slightly below annual market demand of 2.6 billion litres.
Mr Temu, Acting Registrar of the Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) said the huge demand for milk could be met by forming more farmers' cooperatives that can allow farmers to access sources of finance from lending institutions to increase investment.
There is huge potential for farmers to increase milk production, productivity and quality through use of dairy cooperatives - TANZANIA Dairy Board (TDB)
Currently, there are 76 milk industries ranging from 500 litres to over 120,000 litres processing capacity per day.The increased investment in milk processing facilities is creating huge demand for milk production and investment in high milk yielding heifers.
One of the success stories of dairy cooperatives is the Tanga Dairy Coop
The availability of sufficient and adequate feed is one of the most significant constraints to livestock productivity in the tropics. It is an enormous challenge that requires innovation and concerted action towards agreed priority outcomes.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is committed to delivering evidence and developing capacities in feed and forage development as part of its strategy to achieve better lives through livestock.
To ensure the best response to the fast-changing demands and opportunities in this sector, ILRI is developing a strategy on feed and forage research for development.
As a first step, it seeks inputs from the wider community - not necessarily animal feeding experts - to take stock of the challenges in this area, identify priority outcomes and promising approaches to achieve them, and specify the precise contributions and added value of ILRI in this area.
Please read the shor... Read more
Business Manager for a Dairy cooperative wanted
Fisenge Dairy Business Cooperative Union (FDBCU) is a farmer owned business that primarily deals with dairy farmers. Its core business is milk collection from farmers. The milk is in turn sold to dairy processors. FDBCU also runs other businesses which include selling stock feed and Agro-vet products, and hiring out equipment. FDBCU plans to expand its business by going into milk processing and marketing. Because of this expansion, FDBCU is now looking for a full time dynamic and self-driven Business Manager to oversee the entire cooperative business and drive its growth.
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Agripoort is a Dutch trading company, specialized in used milking systems and milk coolingtanks.
Besides dairy equipment we have machinery like diesel waterpumps and generators.
If you are in the need of a milking system or another product, please visit our website: www.usedmilkingmachines.com or our facebook page.
In the week of 16-20 April, the SEAD project organized a community outreach training on feeding management facilitated by Mr. Mark Bos, Dairy Value chain expert from the consortium partner Q-point. During a 3-day training, eight trainers from UR/CAVM, IPRC Musanze and IMBARAGA Farmers’ Federation were engaged in a training of trainers in order for them to prepare the roll out to farmers. The training was developed using an active participatory approach in which trainers themselves developed training materials, contextualizing these to fit the needs of Rwandan farmers and cooperatives under the expert guidance of Mark. The roll out theoretical training to 25 small holder dairy farmers and cooperatives was conducted at Imbaraga Federation training centre in Musanze on “Managing the nutritional requirements of a dairy cow to ensure optimum milk production by healthy cows”. At the beginning of the training, farmers involved in dai... Read more
SEAD activities for April 2018 have been closed by the “look and learn” tour with participants from the livestock team. During the tour, the participants got insights on “Farming as an Enterprise concept” and learned various ways they can facilitate innovations within their respective institutions for agriculture development. The team visited different sites known for their remarkable innovations in agriculture namely: Rwanda Best, Lakeview, Musanze polytechnic and Burera Dairy.
At Rwanda Best the livestock team learned best practices for poultry production and poultry value chain management such as incubation, hatchery, feed production, feeding and feed management.
Fish farm and Lakeview is a private owned fish-farm located in Bugesera district in Gashora sector. The entrepreneur produces fingerling through fish egg incubation, fish hatchery and fish production exclusively on commercial basis. The participants learned from the entrepreneur not only how... Read more
To a cattle farmer, milk is white gold. For the last seven years, Patrick Nyomboine has grappled with achieving the most out of his 30 cattle. Ticks, anthrax and lately, foot and mouth diseases have affected his cattle, and those of many farmers in Bukwiri parish, Kyankwanzi that is currently under quarantine.
Executive Director of Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Jolly Zaribwende implores farmers to vaccinate cattle against diseases to ensure good production of milk is not encumbered. Uganda produces in the range of 1.5 litres of milk every year, according to Zaribwende.
Nyomboine produces 10 litres of milk at every milking session but he has learnt that he can produce a lot more. His curiosity is as much turned on as that of fellow farmer, Caroline Ampirirwe, a dairy farmer who produces 50 litres of milk per day.
They have been searching for answers on better practices to get the most of their cattle farming initiatives and were able... Read more
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa .
Consultancy Fee: Monthly rate
Consultancy Fee: Monthly rate
Post location: Burundi
Duration: This is a consultant position, initial appointment is for six months with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued project needs.
Expected places of travel: Loc... Read more
SNV's Rinus shares his thoughts on why dairy may soon replace coffee and tea as the lead export in Uganda.
The dairy sector is slowly inching its way into Uganda’s top exports, next to coffee and tea. The pull of the exporters is largely responsible for this transformation. In the last 10 years, the value of milk and milk products exported from Uganda has increased astronomically from $5 million USD in 2008 to 130 million USD in 2017. Dairy exports in 2017 amounted to approximately 300 million litres, which is more than 10% of the total milk produced in Uganda; currently estimated at 2.5 billion litres per annum.
The dairy sector is currently growing at an average of 7% per annum, with some areas in South Western Uganda averaging at 10 – 15% per year. The growth in the sector can be attributed to favourable natural conditions as well as dairy development programmes instituted by government and development partners.
Ho... Read more
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