Dairy & Livestock Worldwide

promoting entrepreneurship in animal production

moderated by Wim Goris

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)

Check out the navigation menu on the left for more information.

Posted By in Dairy Uganda
Posted 19 July 2018 at 07:35

Uganda poised to become the largest dairy exporter in Africa:

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. 


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 July 2018 at 08:43

I am in need of Kuroiler F1 and F2 chicken breeds. Any quotations with delivery up to Arua are Welcome. (2000 F1 and 1000 F2 birds). For more details send mail to nilocservices@gmail.com or call +256 (0) 759528007.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 8 July 2018 at 04:09

How much do i require to start with poultry farm ?

This is a questions on facebook asked by Sharz De’Lee . She have no experience on poultry farming , also do not know how much capital required to start .

As a new one to start poultry farm , ask this questions is normal and right. This will help her avoid venture and get helpful advice from others. Everyone who want to go to a new business , consult and ask the one who have experience is a good and effective way.

This remind me many years ago , when i was 20 years old , i plan to buy a computer. I tell my Dad this idea and he agree , give me the money. But i have no any knowledge about computer: which type computer is good , the configuration is ok ? I am blind on computer. So i ask my classmates help me . He buy computer 2 years ago and know computer quality and configuration. At last , his advice and suggestions give me a great help .

Ok, now go to our topics today. How much required ? As a new starter , we not know how much capital requi

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INDO LIVESTOCK 2018 Expo & Forum

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  04 July 2018 to 06 July 2018 - All Day Event
  Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta will once again host the 13th Indonesia's No.1 Livestock, Feed, Dairy, and Fisheries Industry Show in Indonesia - INDO LIVESTOCK 2018 Expo & Forum incorporating with Indo Feed 2018, Indo Dairy 2018 and Indo Fisheries 2018  at Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta - Indonesia.

Hosted by the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, INDO LIVESTOCK Expo & Forum is today a 'must attend' event for decision makers and buyers across Asia. More than 12,000 trade visitors and delegates are expected to attend the Expo, Seminar and Technical Presentation in 2018. More importantly, over 370 exhibitors from 42 countries are expected to once again participate in Indo Livestock Expo & Forum. 

INDO LIVESTOCK 2018 is proven to be the preferred venue for buyers to source for new technology and equipment and where industry professionals get update on the latest technological advances and industry trends. Europe, America & Austral

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Agro & Poultry East Africa 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  07 September 2018 - 10:00 to 09 September 2018 - 18:00
  Mlimani Conference Centre, Dar-Es-Salaam

 Agro & Poultry East Africa 2018 is the best platform to showcase products and establish brand. Tanzania is considered as one of the most astonishing business destinations in Africa. Agriculture being a leading sector of Tanzania, participants from around 18 countries, like China, Egypt, India, Germany, France, South Africa, and United Kingdom, can present their Agriculture & its related products to the mass gathering. Visitors can explore following exhibits at the upcoming event:  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 29 June 2018 at 11:07

Have you ever heard about E-Hinga App?

World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’, is a dynamic web and mobile-based application intended to help local farmers and extension agents with information on crop and livestock production and management practices, stood out as one of the most innovative products for community’ development today.

World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’ initiative was born under the Inzozi Nziza (Great Dream) Project after identifying a gap in agricultural extension services in Rwanda; an effort aimed at modernizing access to information that would positively influence investment decisions for smallholder farmers and, in the long term, provide better livelihoods for them and their families.

E-Hinga App provides highly-synthesized information designed for easy access and adequate interaction by farmers and other users. Around 100 farmer promoters are now equipped with the E-Hinga app on their mobile devices; meaning that 100 villages with almost 20,000 farmers can current

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Posted By in Dairy Uganda
Posted 29 June 2018 at 08:06

'Increased milk production with low consumption'

From 2.08 billion litres of milk produced in 2015, milk production in Uganda has increased to 2.5 billion litres in 2017/2018. This represents an annual milk production growth rate of six percent, according to Uganda Dairy Development Authority.

June marks the Dairy Month. This year’s celebrations are under the theme “Gender Inclusion for Wealth and Health in Milk Production and Consumption.” The theme is acknowledging women’s significant contribution to the dairy sub sector in particular and agriculture in general plus to food security and the country’s GDP. This is in addition to promoting efforts to attain Sustainable Development Goal five aimed to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

But, Dr. Kabirizi says for women and dairy farmers in general to boost milk production even further in Uganda, animal feeding and disease control management must improve.

The problem we have is that the inputs ar

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 12 June 2018 at 01:04

Uganda Milk Production Capacity Hits 2.2b Litres Annually

Milk production in Uganda has reached over 2.2 billion litres a year according to Dr. Rose Okurut the Assistant Commissioner Animal Health in Ministry of Agriculture.

She says of the 2.2 billion produced, 80% is marketed while the rest is consumed at homes. “Of the 80% that is marketed, only 37% is processed and the rest go unprocessed,” said Okurut while officiating at the function where Fresh Dairy rebranded all its yoghurt products.

Okurut said they target 100% milk processing hence calling upon other investors globally to come and invest in the sector.

Fresh Dairy, the producer of a wide range of dairy products in Uganda was re-branding all its yoghurt as a strategy to satisfy the constantly changing customer needs while increasing its market share both in Uganda and the East African region at large.

The newly re-branded Fresh Dairy Yoghurt according to Vincent Omoth the Marketing Manager, comes in five flavours that inclu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 8 June 2018 at 09:00

Zambia Dairy Value Chain Project Newsletter 2nd Edition

The second edition of SNV's Zambia Dairy Value Chain Project Newsletter is out! Highlighting the Choma District Dairy Cooperative Union's successful journey despite it's challenges and and inspiring testimonial from an emerging successful dairy farmer!

Read more about how the project is changing the dairy landscape in the Southern Province of Zambia by downloading the newsletter.

Enjoy the read!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 May 2018 at 09:34

Job opportunities for TVET graduates

Selam Children Village (TRIAE) is looking for six young passionate dairy service providers. Required educational background is Certificate in animal science or related agricultural fields of TVET Level 3 or 10th grade complete.

It is highly encouraging if:

- Has work experience in agricultural sector

- Knowledge computer and smart phone usage

- Experience with MS Office and Excel

- Good Communication and Writing skills

- Ability to speak both Oromifa and Amharic

- Ability to drive motor cycle and has license

Place of work: areas surrounding Addis Ababa

Condition of employment: Contract (for 10 months)

For more information and on how to apply please call 0118 69 18 46

Also Please find the job advert below.


VIV Europe  (animal protein industry)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  20 June 2018 to 22 June 2018 - All Day Event

With a target of 25,000 visits and 600 exhibiting companies, VIV Europe is the top quality event for the animal protein industry. Professionals active in the production of poultry meat, eggs, pig meat, fish and dairy all have numerous reasons to meet up at this World Expo from Feed to Food. VIV Europe gathers and promotes every 4 years the latest innovations of the industry in the heart of the Netherlands,.   

Opening on Wednesday 20th June and continuing until Friday 22th June, in 2018 VIV Europe will be celebrating its 40th anniversary as a business platform series that has become renowned worldwide for combining excellent professional information with a superb visitor-friendly location... 

The modern poultry chain from feeds and breeding to production, processing and consumption will be on show at VIV Europe 2018 in The Netherlands. A central theme has been arranged for this feed-to-food World Expo of animal protein businesses, under the label of ‘Sharing Data = Better Poultry

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14th African Dairy Conference & Exhibition by ESADA

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  20 August 2018 to 24 August 2018 - All Day Event

ESADA is delighted to announce to you that the 14th Edition of the African Dairy Conference and Exhibition (14th AfDa), will be taking place on 20th – 24th August 2018 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more here: https://www.dairyafrica.com/afda/

Exhibit: Showcase your products in the presence of key industry stakeholders and decision makers

- Visit: Experience firsthand world class technologies and the latest innovative solutions in dairy

- Conference: Attend powerful, insightful and strategic conference sessions with presentation from world renowned dairy industry leaders

Holland Pavilion ESADA Nairobi

The NABC, in collaboration with SNV, will be organizing the Holland Pavilion at the 14th edition of ESADA's African Dairy Conference & Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya. For years NABC has facilitated a Holland pavilion at ESADA, positioning the Dutch dairy sector as the suppliers of choice for all those participating. The cost i

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 22 May 2018 at 07:12

The loan that made me a thriving farmer:

When Mable Namubiru took out a bank loan of Shs25m, part of her plan was to go into agriculture. She wanted to supplement her income in the formal job as an environmental assessment officer at National Environment Management Authority (Nema).


With the money, she bought six acres of land in Kapeeka, Semuto, in Luwero District, located about 70 kilometres from Kampala. She planted eucalyptus trees on two and a half acres and a banana plantation on the same land size.

She set up a poultry project and planted vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, green pepper and eggplants on the remaining acre of land. Namubiru has been a farmer for two years and like many corporate employees, she has learnt the hard way. When she started out, she recounts managing her farm projects via the phone. This had its hard lessons, for example employees would call her and peddle lies of sick chicks just to get money from her. She would send mobile money.

She star

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Muhindo Nasani Kahuju True. The same happened on me in my goat farm were  I lost some young one like10 of them in 1 week but since I started attending to my farm, everything is at least now moving on well.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 May 2018 at 10:56

Farmers advised on milk handling

The things that seem small may be what will earn you incredible yields as a dairy farmer.
According to experts, while a farmer may invest in getting the best yields and feeding the cattle right, how they handle the milk on the farm is critical.
“The hygiene of the person milking and the equipment is important. They must be clean, easy to disinfect and the one milking must wash their hands,” says Dr Irene Mbatidde, an agronomist at Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research And Development Institute (MBAZARDI). Dr Mbatidde will be teaching and showing farmers how to maintain farm milk hygiene at the Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic slated for May 26 at MBAZARDI, Mbarara District.
According to Mr Charles Ayiasi Tabu, the editor Seeds of Gold magazine, dairy farming is a chief enterprise in western Uganda, thus the emphasis to guide farmer on how to produce better yields. “We have learnt that the Ministry of Agriculture is promoting dairy farming in western Uganda bec

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Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  26 May 2018, All Day Event

Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MBAZARDI) will host a one-day farm clinic with a main practical-based session on May 26 in Mbarara. The clinic whose theme focuses on climate smart farming will conduct talk sessions on topics such as Seeds & varieties, Post-harvest handling, Value addition, Sustainable Land Management (SLM) & Economics.

Farmers attending the clinic will also learn more about grazing methods like zero grazing, rotational grazing and paddocking and free range grazing.  Dairy farmers will be shown how to move towards a system that maximises land use and produces milk at a least cost. Intensive dairy production (with or without minimal grazing) is predicted to replace the traditional open grazing systems. 

Farmers will also learn how to keep records about all farm operations and events. These may include, but not limited to, purchases, sales, feeding and health and breeding. The records should be as simple as possible for ease of interpret

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 17 May 2018 at 12:53

SNV Zambia's Dairy Value Chain Project's 1st Edition Newsletter!

We are proud to announce the Zambia Dairy Value Chain Project's (ZDVCP) first newsletter. The newsletter serves to give updates of the progress of the work they are doing with Dairy farmers in the Southern Province of Zambia to increase their competitiveness.

The project is being implemented by SNV one of our network founding members, funded by GIZ, commissioned by the Federal Republic of Germany under the Green Innovations Centers Programme of the One World No Hunger Special Initiative.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 16 May 2018 at 01:48

What is the role of Dairy Cooperatives in enabling the adoption of climate smart technologies and practices? 

AgriProFocus recently organised a half day forum with dairy cooperatives in Kiambu County to explore their role in enhancing the adoption of climate smart technologies and practices. The forum brought together executive board members and managers from 7 dairy cooperatives in Kiamb

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Dairy Learning Lab - Kagera

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  14 May 2018 to 26 May 2018 - All Day Event
  Kagera Region

AgriProFocus Tanzania in collaboration with Robben Consultancy and PUM are organizing a dairy learning lab in Kagera Region. The learning lab will focus on:

1. Feeds and Feeding

2. Cow health and reproduction

3. Dairy records and management

About the Learning Lab

The dairy learning lab is a network approach to boost the exchange and learning between dairy practitioners and professionals who work in support of farmer entrepreneurs. The learning lab will comprise of:

1. Farm visits in the morning

2. Training sessions in the afternoon

Why should you participate?

· Update your topical knowledge with new skills in dairy farm management

· Improve your training materials and skills

Who should participate?

Dairy farmers and dairy practitioners can participate in this event.

Here is the dates per area:

1. 14th May - Bunazi, Missenyi

2. 15th May - Missenyi Ranch

3. 16th May - Mutukula

4. 17th May - Bunazi with Bunazi women dairy farmers and WAWAMI

5. 18th May - Kamachum

6. 19th May - Muleba Town

7. 21st May - Ngara with

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 May 2018 at 10:43

i want to start yogurt processing (small scale) what are the critical things needed for conducting this activity? 

Hilda Okoth Dear Hashim, Thank you for your question. I will try and find some information for you but quickly here is something that you can read now Fellows+-+EN+-+Small-scale+processing+technology+for+dairy+products+-+CTA+K4D+Article+Oct+2014.pdf

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Posted By in Dairy Uganda
Posted 1 May 2018 at 01:08

Ghee processing unit a joy to dairy farmers

Dairy farmers in Western Uganda are known for processing ghee from milk. However most people engaged in processing ghee have been doing it using a rudimentary method. They have been isolating fats from cow milk before fermenting to process it into ghee using calabashes.


A group science graduates from Makerere University have ventured into inventing a local fabricated machine to process oil obtained from milk into ghee. Winnie Buryo who has been into ghee processing for more than 10 years is a beneficiary of the machinery called Ize Chan. She narrates how the equipment operates.

I have been using traditional methods to process ghee, she says. However when Buryo heard about scientists from smallholder fortunes engaged in fabricating milk cooling equipment, she decided to get sensitization about this machinery called evakuula. 
But since her target was to get a modern ghee processing equipment which the same team were fabricating, she deci

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