1. BUSINESS HUB MODEL: TRANSFORMING MCCS INTO DAIRY
Transformation of Milk Collection Centers (MCCs) into dairy business centres aimed to revitalize the Milk Collection Network for efficient service delivery to dairy farmers. They deliver milk to the MCCs and should be facilitated to get all the required services and farm input including artificial insemination service, veterinary drugs and extension services (Photo 81). Out of the 97 MCCs in the country, 40 were transformed into Dairy Business Hub Models. In regard to this framework, RAB in collaboration with partners (LISP, RDCP II, and SNV) trained 2,400 dairy farmers on clean milk production.
2. REFRESHER COURSE FOR MCC EMPLOYEES AND DAIRY FARMERS
RAB and Livestock SPIU/LISP, in partnership with both public and private institutions such as Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA), Project International (HPI), Land O’Lakes (LOL), and SNV, conducted a two-day refresher training workshop for dairy farmers.The farmers were selected from the milk collection centers (MCCs) with the best performance and the training was held on 24-25 October at Nyandungu, Kigali. Forty farmers, were trained in MCC management & record keeping, cooperative management, milk handling & hygiene, milk marketing (dairy business), gender, animal health, feeding and breeding.
3. NEW DAIRY PLANT AND MCCS
The construction of Rusizi Dairy Plant, with production capacity of 10,000 liters per day and of Mukamira Dairy Plant was undertaken during the year achieving 90% of contruction works (Photo 82 and 83). In addittion, 35 new MCCs were constructed and equipped with support from Livestock SPIU/LISP.
4. MILK COMPETITION
RAB in collaboration with Land O’Lakes (LOL) and Private sector in the dairy business organized the second annual Milk Production Competition in dairy cows on 10th June 2014. The purpose of the competition was to encourage farmers having the best animals within specific breeds to breed and create awareness on importance of keeping high producing animals among the farmers for profitable livestock business. This competition provided opportunity for appraisal of the maximum genetic potential of the animals for milk production.