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.