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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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... Read more
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!
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.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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