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Dairy Farmers Get Rwf1b Equipment

13 June 2019

RWANDA - The process of handling and transporting milk from farms across the country to collection centres and processing firms is set to improve after dairy farmers received equipment worth $1.3 million (Rwf1.1 billion).

The equipment include 25 milk coolers and 16,262 milk cans. The capacity of the cans ranges from five to 50 litres each while the coolers can handle over 2,000 litres each.

The move will help phase out the transportation of milk in jerrycans, which affects its quality because, quite often, they are unhygienic.

For long, dairy farmers have grappled with low incomes partly because of poor milk handling techniques which have continued to hurt quality.

Farmers’ cooperatives will receive the equipment through Rwanda Dairy Development Project (RDDP)—a joint project of the Ministry of Agriculture and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD).

The farmers will pay 20 percent of the equipment cost and the rest will be covered by RDDP.

Michel Ngarambe, a farmer organisation specialist at RDDP, said they seek to cut losses that dairy farmers incur.

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Source: The New Times

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