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National Dairy Farmers Federation in Rwanda : NDFFR

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National Dairy Farmers Federation in Rwanda : NDFFR

Dec 21, 2021 By: NCCR Admin

NDFFR, as information, 60% of Rwandan farmers practice one type of livestock keeping, the subsector is very important and occupies the second place after agriculture, basically there are 3 main segments of milk value chain : collection, conservation and processing
Subsector contribution to foreign exchange earnings through the export of animal products, particularly milk and dairy products
• Extensive system of production is practiced mainly in Eastern Province ;
• Improvement of existing livestock genetically instead of increasing their population ;
• Government goal : One cow for every poor family, Milk collection centers (MCCC) constructed nationwide
• Dairy is considered to be a strategic commodity for Rwanda and Government considers cooperatives as a viable business model for producers. They must be strengthened by efficient and transparent operating systems ;
• Successful cattle restocking after Genocide / imported pure or improved dairy breeds ;
• Union avails information about market for cooperatives, organizes distribution plan of milk to our clients ;
• All cooperatives are paid through union which ease follow up to clients ;
• Union in charge of maintenance of the milk cooler and the generator used and water in different farms ;
The sector has various challenges like : (i) Weak Infrastructure for the collection from some areas and for cooling and trading of milk and dairy products ; (ii) The stocking rates per hectare per cow (especially in the Eastern Province) are often higher than the recommended ; (iii) Insufficient extensive grazing land leads to the of Dairy cattle on ranches or large farms ; (v) In some areas around one third of the milk got spoilt before reaching the market or before being processed, Lack information on modern dairy practices, Illiteracy and weak organization among farmers ; (vi) Animal health issues and absence of animal feed factories, low-quality roughages, and scarcity and high prices of crop residues ; Efficient access of milk to the market and Lack of access to finance ; Insufficiency of veterinary services in the vicinity ; MCC in farthest Areas and in poor roads, Market of milk and price, no access to affordable of equipment ; Lack trainings on the cooperative Governance and Leadership and milk health trainings ; Trainings on Cooperative Governance and Leadership and milk health trainings ; Improvement of livestock nutrition and the rational management of grazing land ; Permanent access to electricity : alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar and biogas.