Milking to Potential course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  13 May 2019 to 31 May 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

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!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 22 August 2018 at 06:31

Seed dealers call for improved inspection of seed

Agro seed dealers have appealed to government to train and employ more cereal inspectors to ensure all commodities are inspected and certified before they are sold or distributed to farmers. According to the dealers, strong inspection mechanisms would ensure farmers’ access to affordable quality seed and planting materials that guarantee high yields and minimize farm losses.

Reacting to the African Seed Access Index 2017 report at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kampala, members of the Uganda Seed Trade Association (USTA) demanded that government trains more inspectors to strengthen supervision. They said it would reduce on the large volumes of fake seeds on the market and ensure traders adhere to standards.

Patrick Banage, executive director Seed Company Limited pointed out Container Village, a center in downtown Kampala known for selling agricultural inputs where dealers have continued to sell hybrid seeds after the recommended expiry p

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Improving Fertilizer Quality for Productive Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  07 May 2018 to 11 May 2018 - All Day Event
  Arusha, Tanzania

Improving Fertilizer Quality for Highly Productive Agriculture

On May 7-11, 2018, IFDC will conduct an international training program entitled “Improving Fertilizer Quality for Highly Productive Agriculture: Lessons from Country Assessments and Regulatory Systems in Africa and Asia.” The program will be held at the Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. 

As a result of the five-day training program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify quality problems in fertilizers.
  2. Identify fertilizer as well as management-related factors that influence quality of fertilizers.
  3. Identify external factors (other than fertilizer properties) that impact quality.
  4. Apply this knowledge to assess fertilizer quality for their businesses, countries or regions.
  5. Contribute to the design and implementation of national or regional quality regulations that ensure farmers the access to fertilizers that meet the required specifications.

Register here: https://bit.ly/Arusha2018

Posted By in Organised Farmers
Posted 20 April 2016 at 07:16

Quality and innovation in food chains.

Lessons and insights from Africa

Editors: Jos Bijman and Verena Bitzer. Published: 2016 Pages: 274.

Improving product quality has become essential for food chains in developing countries. Quality and innovation in food chains: lessons from Africa presents a set of case studies on food quality improvement and innovation in African food chains, with cases from South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin, Uganda and Senegal.

The book is based on interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. An interdisciplinary approach leads to better insights in the opportunities and constraints for quality improvement, and helps public and private actors in seizing the opportunities and removing the constraints.

This publication shows how a co-innovation perspective can be developed and applied. Co-innovation entails the combination of technical, organisational and institutional changes, the involvement of various chain actors, and the introduction of complementary innovations at

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Georges Djodji Akibodé La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires. Leçons et perspectives de l'Afrique Editors: Jos Bijman et Verena Bitzer. Publié: 2016 Pages: 274. L'amélioration de la qualité des produits est devenue essentiele pour les chaînes alimentaires dans les pays en développement. La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires: les leçons de l'Afrique présente un ensemble d'études de cas sur l'amélioration de la qualité des aliments et de l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires africaines, avec des cas en provenance d'Afrique du Sud, l'Ethiopie, le Bénin, l'Ouganda et le Sénégal. Le livre est basé sur des projets de recherche en collaboration interdisciplinaires. Une approche interdisciplinaire conduit à de meilleures perspectives dans les opportunités et contraintes pour l'amélioration de la qualité, et aide les acteurs publics et privés à saisir les possibilités en éliminant les contraintes. Cette publication montre comment une perspective de co-innovation peut être développée et appliquée. Co-innovation implique la combinaison de modifications techniques, organisationnelles et institutionnelles, la participation des différents acteurs de la chaîne, et l'introduction d'innovations complémentaires à différents niveaux de la chaîne alimentaire. La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires: les leçons de l'Afrique est une lecture essentielle pour toute personne impliquée dans l'étude, le soutien et la mise en œuvre des améliorations de la qualité et des innovations dans les chaînes alimentaires. La publication complète, aussi comme des chapitres distincts, disponible en ligne (Open Access). http://www.wageningenacademic.com/doi/book/10.3920/978-90-8686-825-4 - Voir plus: http://www.agriprofocus.com

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 September 2015 at 06:03


Today I used the Agriprom antibiotic selftester to check the milk of my supplier.

Today my milk supplier lost a customer: the milk tested positive for tetracycline.

Unfortunately, no tests are done on milk here in Tanzania to detect antibiotics. Farmers get away with adding antibiotics to milk to increase shelf life when transporting from the farm to the milk collection centre. Also, not everybody sticks to the number of withdrawal days after having used antibiotics for treating their animals.

Further awareness and training on the use of antibiotics is required in order to tackle this issue which is a threat to human health as well. In my opinion, better and more quality checks are required in order to prevent 'dirty' milk from entering the human food chain.

Back to UHT imported milk for now!

Yvonne Robben What do you mean by yoghurt test?

3 years 4 months ago

Nasinyari Marko Yes Yvonne, yoghurt test mean a simple test which you can you use to determine antibiotic milk before processing, and this will just take three hours as set yoghurt processing do.

3 years 4 months ago

Yvonne Robben Good alternative then in case antibiotic self tester is not available. Although to do yoghurt test properly one needs proper culture too... from abroad! Anyway, its good to have discussion about this issue in general

3 years 4 months ago

Nasinyari Marko Proper culture is needed from abroad too, but many processor who make yogurt they can use also even if it is also another challenge to get them here in Tanzania

3 years 4 months ago

Sylvia Natukunda- Mwesigwa Way to go Yvonne, we just need to create more awareness! same thing happened here in Uganda during the antibiotics mission in March, most of the farms visited tested positive.

3 years 4 months ago