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Eastern Province Livestock Farmers Implored on Quality, Quantity of Milk

20 May 2019

RWANDA - The Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana, has told farmers in Eastern Province that dairy production in the country is still wanting both in quantity and quality.

The minister was meeting livestock farmers, leaders of milk collection centres and veterinarians from the three districts of Gatsibo, Nyagatare and Kayonza.

The three districts are the powerhouse of milk production in Rwanda, but because they have the largest land earmarked for livestock farming, the agriculture minister said they are not doing enough.

"The milk output from this province compared to other regions is still insufficient given that you have the largest land mass earmarked for livestock farming, to be precise, the land is not being as productive as it ought to be," she said.

She pointed out Nyagatare, the largest district of the country, which has over 100,000 dairy cows.

Nyagatare has 16 milk collection centres (MCCs).

Figures from Nyagatare Dairy Farmers Union (NDFU) indicate that 9,358,428 litres of milk were collected from MCCs between June and December last year.

However, the collection centres rejected 1,688,506 litres because the milk was found lacking minimum standards.

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Source: The New Times

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