Category “Dairy”

Kenya: Dairy Board to Work With 22 Counties

The Kenya Dairy Board has started sensitising county governments on prioritising the dairy sector in preparation for their integrated development plan.

“We have rolled out a plan to visit 22 counties to which dairy is important and talk with the governors in line with their integrated development plans to prioritise dairy,” said Machira Gichohi, the board’s managing director.

Speaking yesterday to stakeholders at a Kiambu hotel, Gichohi said the county governments should come and sit down with the dairy sector stakeholders to revive the sector since it is a major revenue contributor.

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Kenya: Bondo Farmers Take Up Dairy Farming

BONDO’S Lake-Land Diary Savings and Cooperative Society has increased its milk production from 570 to 800 litres a day in three months.

Ladcos chairman Wycliffe Kuyo said the increase was spurred by a change of attitude towards dairy farming by farmers since September last year.

He said many farmers with the help of Equity Bank loans have begun aggressive dairy production.The move has helped curb milk deficit, Kuyo added.

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Nigeria: Kano to Train 5,000 Women On Dairy Production

Kano State Government has concluded arrangement to train and support 5,000 women with exotic cows for development of dairy production in the state.

This move is to be aligned with Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP), in line with the organisation’s dairy value chain.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Muhammadu Dankadai Ibrahim, disclosed that it was evident that since the inception of Governor Kwankwaso administration, agriculture was accorded major priority and the sector remained a focal point for investment by the state government.

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South Africa: Coega Dairy ‘Coup’ for Emerging Farmers

South African franchise restaurant group Famous Brands has entered into a joint venture partnership with the Coega Dairy Company, a dairy manufacturing business owned by local farmers, factory and farm employees, to supply mozzarella, cheese slices and cheese spread to the Group.

The agreement will see R55-million being invested in a new state-of-the-art cheese manufacturing plant next to Coega Dairy’s existing facility at the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

At the same time, it will create new jobs and provide black farmer supplying the Coega Dairy with a new and growing market for their produce.

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Rwanda: Diary Farmers to Get USAID Grant

DIARY farmers will benefit from a United States Agency for International Development grant to improve their incomes and expand markets at both regional and domestic levels.

The grant, which will be channelled through Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Programme II (RDCP II) is in four categories. These include business innovation, competitive service subcontracts, institutional capacity building and competitiveness investment fund.

“We finance the whole value chain. Our objective is to improve the quality of milk right from the farmer, collection centres and processors,” said Lillian Gasana, the sub-awards manager at Land O’ Lakes.

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Land O’ Lakes is a USAID-funded project with the ultimate goal of improving quality, increasing production and raising incomes to farmers involved in the diary sector. They intend to monitor hygiene, equipment used, handling, packing, and transportation to ensure that milk is not contaminated and the processor is handled by the right personnel.

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Tunisian Feed Production Leaps Forward

TUNISIA – Tunisia’s cereal production for the 2011/2012 season is projected to exceed 2.5 million MT, about eight per cent larger than production in the previous year, and about 50 per cent higher than average.

Area planted with cereal crops this year is estimated at about 10 per cent lower than the area planted last year, but the average yield is projected to be higher due to sufficient rainfall and favorable weather conditions during the cereal growing season. Agricultural analysts believe that the government’s estimate for total grain production of 2.5 million MT is highly optimistic. It is reported that Tunisia has sufficient stocks to cover wheat market needs for two months. Tunisia will continue to rely on imports to satisfy at least 30 per cent of its wheat consumption. In May, Tunisia purchased 75,000 MT of soft wheat.

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Kenya: Fresh Days Ahead for Dairy Sector

Nairobi, Kenya — Kenya could soon be on its way to closing the policy gap that exists in the dairy sector with the passage of legislation that could stimulate the industry’s growth.

Livestock Minister Mohammed Kuti disclosed that the proposed Dairy Bill and Dairy Development Policy are currently pending at the Attorney General’s office awaiting debate by Parliament.

‘The Bill has been pushed through the Cabinet and unfortunately it is one of those from this ministry that have been in the AG’s office for quite some time now because of the pressure of the Bills emanating from the new Constitution,” he said.

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