The Dairy Multi-stakeholder Platform (dairy MSP) has risen out of the activities that dairy stakeholders have been organising under the AgriProFocus network since 2014; mainly the Dairy Stakeholders Event. The stakeholders realized the need for a platform that brings together all actors along the dairy value chain that allows them to meet regularly and at the same time be able to address arising issues that affect the dairy industry. The vision of the dairy MSP is “A comprehensive and progressive dairy stakeholders’ platform that promotes the growth and competitiveness of the dairy industry”. The dairy MSP aims to support the development and growth of the dairy industry through joint stakeholder action. The Current dairy MSP members include; Dairy Development Authority, Heifer International/EADD, Uganda Dairy Processors Association, Uganda National Dairy Farmers Association, Pelum, aBi Trust, SNV, Brookside, Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO), Ministry of Trade, industry and cooperatives, Send a Cow, UNBS, among others.
Download the Dairy MSP constitution.
Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Specific seed systems addressed are cassava, maize, groundnut, vegetables, cocoa, forage seed, tilapia and chicken, while some projects have a more general focus on improving the functioning and inclusiveness of seed systems and (actors in) markets.
The call on “Seed Systems Development: Enabling and Scaling Genetic Improvement and Propagation Materials” was released by the Netherlands-CGIAR partnership. The nine awarded project consortia consist of Dutch research institutes, CGIAR research centers (through CGIAR research programmes or platforms), and (local) partners from the public and private sector.
Aim of the research projects
The call for proposals was built on the premise that development of the s... Read more
The milking parlour should be frequently cleaned to remove slurry. Milking and milk storage containers must be made of food-grade materials, preferably aluminium.
Milk is regarded as a complete food because it contains all vitamin and minerals such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates that are essential for maintaining good health. Because of this, it is highly recommended that one takes it regularly, however, in right amounts.
Because milk has all the nutrients and vitamins, it attracts bacteria and germs, which in turn, can be a source of diseases, especially if it is not hygienically handled.
According to Buulu Lugoloobi, the proprietor of Lubus Dairy Farm and information centre in Kayunga District, clean milk production involves measures taken before milking, during the process of milking and post-milking handling of procedures.
“Clean milk production has several stakeholders which include: the health state of the dairy cow, the milker himself, the utensils us... Read more
One of the milk products that are increasingly becoming visible on the market is yoghurt. When Harriet Atim of Soroti District made her first litre of yogurt in 2010, she was just experimenting on ways to reduce wastage of milk that could not get a buyer due to a nationwide surplus.
For yoghurt lovers and consumers, the product can almost be found in every supermarket and retail shop in different brands and flavours, quantities and prices. This is partly indicative of the growing market for yoghurt.
Yoghurt contains live, active and ‘good’ bacteria that boosts the immune system prevents infections in the stomach.
As other farmers poured their milk, which was going to waste because they could not get buyers, Atim, found ways of ensuring that her 40 litres of milk that middlemen could not buy then did not go to waste.
She started selling the yogurt to students and neighbours and soon discovered that it was a good business.
Eight years later, the busines... Read more
Best farmer 2018 winner; Betty Mbaziira has been keeping cows in western Uganda for over 20 years. She also processes yoghurt which she sells in western Uganda, Kampala and Entebbe regions.
Mbaziira was born in a cattle keeping family. Her father, Esau Rukumba was a cattle-keeper. "When my husband and I got married in 1999, we were given many cows as presents," she says. Mbaziira comes from an Ankole community where newlyweds are given cattle as presents.
My husband and I agreed to buy land and settle our cows there. She does not remember how much money they spent on the land, which has since turned into home to over 60 well-maintained dairy cattle.
Mbaziira was a businesswoman in Kampala for many years. In fact, until her husband died in 2003, farming was largely a hobby. Her husband, Mbaziira, left her with young children.
... Read moreI was also tired of buying expensive milk in Kampala, yet I had milk in the village at sh200 per litre," In 20
Dairy farming is a class of agricultural, or animal husbandry enterprise, for long-term production of milk, usually from dairy cows but also from goats and sheep, which may be either processed on-site or transported to a dairy factory for processing and eventual retail sale. It is a lucrative business, which can fetch big profits due to the increasing and ready market for dairy products.
The production capacity is based on the quality and number of animals raised on the farm. However, for 5 Friesian Cows, 100ltrs of milk will be produced as each Dairy Animal is capable of producing 20 Litres of milk per day.
Capital Investment Requirements and Equipment
This project will be operated locally on small scale, i.e. 5 Friesian Cows operated on 5 acres of land. The Fixed Capital Investment required to start this project is approximately US$ 73,521, generating a revenue potential of USD 374,400 per annum. The net profit margin... Read more
Dairy farmers in Uganda are smiling to the bank after their pay from milk processor Fresh Dairy shot up from Shs 60bn in 2016 to Shs 70bn last year – a signal of growing fortunes for the sub-sector, according to the company.
Fresh Dairy said in statement: “Investment in a robust livestock extension programme had begun to bear the fruits, with more of its contracted farmers adopting climate-resilient dairy practices to grow milk production.”
Farmers’ fortunes in the dairy industry come as a result of impressive growth in milk production countrywide. Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) reports in the 2017 statistical abstract that from 2012 to 2016 milk production surged to 1.7bn litres from 1.4bn litres.
Last year, production touched 1.8bn litres, say official data. Even with these figures, the statistics body says some farmers are still using traditional means and are battling climate change effects with prolonged droughts that at times... Read more
The SNV Uganda school milk the programme reaches 210 primary schools with over 70,000 children now drinking milk while at school.
SNV Uganda through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) funded Inclusive Dairy Enterprise Project (TIDE) established a sustainable and innovative school milk programme within the six program target districts in southwestern Uganda, Bushenyi, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Ntungamo and Sheema. The driving aim behind the School Milk Program, was to;
Alleviate malnutrition and temporary hunger among school children and subsequently increase school enrollment and class attendance
Develop the dairy sector by increasing milk sales in the short term and milk demand and market in the long term.
The school milk programme target was initially designed to reach 5,000 primary school going children within the 6 target districts. The programme which started as an invention of the TIDE project was later modified and became a... Read more
Afrosoft, an IT company, has combined technological advancements with the ethos of local techprenuers to create a system it calls the “solution to animal health.
Being a farmer is hard work. You get to spend all day outdoors. There’s also the crack of dawn starting times and 14-hour days filled with hard physical labour, ripe animal manure and delicate cow udders.
Fortunately, technology is making its way down on the farm to make the work easier. Ugandan researchers are hoping to bring technology to small farms around the country.
Ronald Katamba, a multi award winning innovator, is a director at Afrosoft IT Solutions, a Microsoft certified partner. As a 12-year-old orphan, he reared rabbits to raise school fees but they died mysteriously after an unknown sickness attacked without notice.
“When I graduated from university, I thought of developing an application that could help farmers,” Katamba said while unve... Read more
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
Communities across the country are beginning to appreciate the value of farming in all enterprises not only to provide food for their families but as an income-earning initiative to improve their livelihoods.
This is evidently seen by the interest people attach in attending the Seeds of Gold farm clinics in selected sites at the regional research institutes of the National Agriculture Research Organisation.
Hundreds of farmers flocked Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo (MUARIK) to attend the 11th Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic where goat rearing was one of the enterprises on menu others being greenhouse farming, backyard technology, aquaculture and banana cultivation.
In the detailed analysis below, Dr Sadat Walusimbi explains the best practices to manage goats for cash.
Purpose of goat rearing
Goats are multi-functional animals. Farmers can produce them for meat and for milk but there are a wide variety of products which can... Read more
Established in 2016 by Titus Kasujja and wife Lydia, Ziroobwe Demonstration Farm (Zidefa) is admirable. Ziroobwe in Luweero District is now the new hub for agriculture in Uganda.
About four or five years ago, an acre of land was sold for as low as Shs3m but it has gone up to more than Shs30m at the current rates. Kasujja’s childhood dream was never in agriculture as all his five degrees he obtained from Denmark do not relate to what he prides in now.
He has graduated as an electrician, multimedia designer, industry operator, production engineer and technical isolator. The 52-year-old has invested up to Shs3bn in just two years on a 400-acre farm with an estimated 100-acre buffer for the community.
The farm produces more than 1500 litres of milk per day where a cow produces between 25-30 litres of milk on average per day. This fetches him up to Shs44m weekly. He is not your usual farmer as he meticulously goes a... 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
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
Mixing your own animal feeds at the farm is a very desirable activity, according to specialists. Titus Kasujja, who operates a 400-acre dairy farm in Zirobwe, insists that when you mix your own feeds, you are able to determine the quality needed by the animals. Gone are the days of braving the sweltering heat manually mixing homemade feeds with a shovel.
“Since most farmers do not do it themselves, few of the employees are committed to their job. Secondly, you can never be sure of the effectiveness of the mixture,” he says. At his farm, he employs a concrete mixer which he says is efficient with a high productivity. Kasujja uses a powerful machine he obtained locally and operated by two people. One feeds the materials, while another collects the ready products.
How to get the best of your concrete mixer
Prepare the site
Before anything else, the first thing you should do is to prepare and prime the worksite for pou... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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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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Fresh Dairy intends to deepen its network of milk supply by training farmers in better ways of handling milk.
The company said it would engage farmers during field days on aspects of animal breeding, feed preparation and conservation as measures to ensure Fresh Dairy meets its milk production targets throughout the year. John Gethi, the procurement director at Fresh Dairy, said the company has enhanced its daily processing capacity to 600,000 litres as it seeks to satisfy increasing demand for its products both in the domestic and foreign markets.
“We are currently partnering 80 farmer groups by training them on ways of improving production. We are emphasizing animal feed preparation and conservation as a way of increasing milk production,” Gethi told more than 3,000 farmers who attended the company’s field day, which was held in Sembabule district recently.
During the field day, farmers complained about... Read more
The Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association in collaboration with The Milk Producers’ Organization, will be hosting the 13th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition at the Premier Hotel OR-Tambo on 12th – 14th September 2017.
Kindly visit the interactive website for more information.
am looking for groups which are engaged in dairy farming at both a small, medium and large scale in any of the following districts; nakasongola, luwero, wakiso, kampala, mpigi, mityana, nakaseke, kiboga, masaka, mubende, kibaale, Hoima, masindi, buliisa, sembabule, masaka & Rakai. I will be training yoghurt production to those who will be interested. I don't charge any fee as i foot all my bills. All i need is people who are serious and commited. I will also help you get laboratory tests and certification for free. if you know any group (youth, women, sacco, school, church, orphanage). Please reply with your number and district. will call you back