Today the first Dairy Village of Indonesia was opened as part of the Dairy Development Programme of Frisian Flag Indonesia (FFI, a subsidiary of FrieslandCampina).
The dairy village, which was co-funded by the Netherlands’ Government and supported by the Indonesian Government, is a new, modern and sustainable farm in which 5 – 10 Indonesian farmers, who are part of the North Bandung Cow Farmers Cooperatives of Lembang, West Java, share the farm facilities including land and receive trainings together to improve efficiency and boost milk quality and productivity.
By supporting the setting up of the Dairy Village FFI shows its commitment to economically and socially empower Indonesian dairy farmers and to support the Indonesian Government to improve food security.
Other partners in this FDOV project include Wageningen University and Research, Agriterra and The Frisian.
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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
As announced in my Monday post of last week I will publish a set of case studies illustrating the business case for gender sensitive business strategies. Today I will share with you the experiences of the partnership of FrieslandCampina and 2SCALE in Nigeria. It shows the business case for recognizing female Fulani as dairy producers.
In Nigeria the 2SCALE programme is bringing in technology, training and market linkages to help the Fulani produce milk on a commercial scale for FrieslandCampina. How to secure the supply of enough milk of good quality turned out to be a challenge. Especially the bacterial contamination of fresh milk was a serious problem to be addressed.
This case shows how initially gender-based constraints of women related to the milk production were overlooked: lack of clean water to clean milking utensils, women not participating in training and the fact that women did not have a say o... Read more
The Deputy Ambassador and head of Development Cooperation and Economic Affairs at the Netherlands Embassy, Mr Joris Van Bommel, has called on the government of Uganda to position the youth at the centre of agriculture.
Mr Bommel, who was on Friday touring the Netherlands funded projects under SNV–a Netherlands Development Foundation, in Kiruhura District, said tapping capabilities of youth into the agriculture sector can create better opportunities for them and spur development.
“The country needs to strategically engage the youth in agriculture. Other assistance such as expertise can enhance this potential,” Mr Bommel said.
He said the arable land (40 million acres of land ) and favourable climate can enable agriculture in the country to flourish.
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Solidaridad shared on their website about their approach to professionalize the dairy industry in Africa and avoid rising carbon emissions as a result of increasing dairy production. The business case for dairy farmers has been calculated in a recent feasibility study in Ethiopia and is currently being implemented in Tanzania. This approach enables dairy farmers in Africa to move from subsistence farming to professional dairy businesses, while using climate-smart production methods. Dairy farmers can mitigate climate change — emissions will be halved compared to the business-as-usual scenario — as well as become an attractive partner for impact investors. Commercial dairy hubs are a key enabler in this concept, providing services and milk collection facilities to farmers.
Read more here (including downloadable pdfs) via this link:
https://www.solidaridadnetwork.org/news/climate-smart-dairy-in-africa-from-subsistence-to-entrepreneurship... Read more
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Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and SNV Ethiopia will jointly implement the BRIDGE project (Building Rural Income through Inclusive Dairy Growth in Ethiopia, 2018-2023), which aims at strengthening the dairy value chain in four clusters in Ethiopia. The impact of the project is to contribute to an “improved performance in the dairy sector in Ethiopia”, for 120.000 farming households, with four main outcomes:
1) improved milk production,
2) improved milk collection, processing and marketing,
3) improved consumption of nutritious foods, and
4) Improved enabling environment.
The project will be implemented by a consortium of: SNV Netherlands Development Organization and Wageningen University & Research. SNV will be responsible for overall coordination and financial management as well as being the first accountable for implementation work at community development level in all the outcom... Read more
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