Nyagatare: Farmers laud RYAF-RDDP efforts in increasing milk production

Livestock farmers in Nyagatare district are so thankful to the Rwanda Dairy Development Project (RDDP) in partnership with Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) due to its continuous support to increase milk production both in quality and quantity.

Modeste Murangira, a farmer from Muvumba cooperative ‘Inkazirakamwa’ says that RDDP helped them to move from traditional to modern Livestock handling including a new model of improving animal feed.

“We thank this project as it supports us to keep dairy cows; in addition they taught us how to cultivate grass for feeding cows. It made us reduce traditional type of farming which involved a few milk production, and, by now we can see a significant improvement. We used to get 10 or 20 litres of milk before, and now it increased to 50 litres in the morning and 30 litres at evening” he said.

“We got modern milk cans that help us to take milk to Milk Collection Centers (MCC) because of advocacy RDDP project.” James Tumwine, Muvumba’s farmer said.

 “There is no advisory service we had before, but now RYAF/RDDP is trying to help us to improve our ideas related to livestock and sensitizing us to initiate our own businesses in order to move ahead […]. We thank RYAF/RDDP project for our progress Xavier Mihigo, vice-chairman and farmer from BECEREK cooperative in Rwempasha said.

RYAF/RDDP’s great impact

“Before RDDP came, the farmer was paid Rwf 159 per a litre of milk, now it is Rwf 200 at MCC. Besides, they pay us our salaries on time.” Augustin Gatunde, another farmer said.

Ngarambe Basille, Chairman of Karama MCC on his side thanks The Rwanda Dairy Development Project for animal health assistance by partnering with RYAF to provide animal health skills to treat cows by themselves.

“Currently, we use bank accounts to get our salaries and we are able to treat our cows,” He said.

The project area is comprised of 12 districts in four provinces: East (Nyagatare, Rwamagana and Kayonza), North (Gicumbi, Burera, and Musanze) West (Nyabihu, Rubavu, and Rutsiro) and South (Nyanza, Huye and Ruhango).

From RYAF Communication Team

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