Kagulu Dairy Farmers' Cooperative Society Limited

Eastern Uganda Dairy Development Project

Agriculture

The project shall improve the quality and increase the quantity of Dairy production to ensure daily households incomes hence eradicating poverty in the region.

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Kagulu Dairy Farmers' Cooperative Society Limited

Buyende District, Eastern Region, Uganda

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Project Summary

The dairy production in Eastern Uganda is of poor quality and the volumes of milk produced are very low . This is due to the poor dairy breeds, poor feeds and feeding, animal parasites and diseases and inadequate extension services.The named challenges shall be solved by improving on dairy breeds through Artificial Insemination, giving out pasture seeds to farmers , training them on how to establish pasture gardens, pasture conservation, provision of access to to animal drugs and accaricides and hiring extension workers to give extension services to the farmers.In addition, we shall be giving out improved dairy breeds to the farmers including women, youth and persons with disabilities. This will increase on milk production which shall generate daily incomes in households thus eradicating poverty in the region.

Problem Statement

Eastern Uganda is the poorest region in Uganda. This is due to the fact that the largest number of people are subsistence farmers who depends on rainfall fed Agriculture. Secondly, there are very few factories and industries in the region which could employ the many available youths in the labour pool. This has resulted into poor housing facilities, lack of access to quality education and medical care, poor clothing and nutrition. This has caused this region to remain behind in terms of socio- economic development as compared to other religions. This problem affects greatly the local people especially the youths, women, elderly and people with disabilities. This problem exists majorly because there has been no deliberate effort to rally farmers to take on Agriculture at a commercial level that will ensure daily incomes.The following interventions, when implemented can bring the necessary change;1. Animal feed interventions such as pasture establishment and management, pasture conservation (Hay and Silage), crop residues utilization and mineral licks.2. Animal health interventions such as provision of quality agrovet inputs and technical labour.3. Breeding interventions such as making available good quality genes and Artificial Insemination technicians.4. Marketing interventions such as setting up milk collection centres, provision of milk transportation and cooling facilities and setting up milk processing plant.The leverage points are;• Availability of land where farmers can grow pasture• Awareness about dairying offered by a similar previous project• Presence of local dairy breeds to be improved.

Solution Overview

This dairy project shall meaningfully contribute to resolving poverty in Eastern Uganda through the following ways;1. It ensures sustainable daily households incomes through continuous milk production2. Improved health of people through access to milk and daily incomes3. It takes little time thus giving a farmer an opportunity to do other economic undertakings4. Improved dairying takes little space compared to other enterprises giving chance to Farmers who have little access to land to undertake it5. Stimulates growth of Dairy related enterprises thus offering income to secondary beneficiaries like milk transporters, Agrovet input suppliers, breeders, food sellers.The following indicators shall show that we are making progress;1. Increase in production and productivity per cow per farm2. Increase in number of improved dairy breeds due to increased up take of breeding technologies3. Increased number of milkcollecting centres4. Establishment and growth of Dairy related enterprises5. Increase in number of acrages of improved pastures established6. Increased tonnages of conserved fodder ( Hay and Silage)7. Increase on income per capita of the region8. Number of direct and indirect beneficiaries.The impact will be broad on a larger population. The incomes for both direct and indirect beneficiaries shall increase which will improve on their standards of living.The beneficiaries includes; the farmers, (including youths, women and persons with disabilities), project staff, Agrovet input suppliers, milk transporters. The incomes of all these will be stimulated hence poverty reduction and Improved standards of living.

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