As today marks this year’s celebration of the World Milk day, many countries in this world decided to celebrates this day on social media platform due to abide by the policies put in place by the world Health Organization (WHO) and local Government to fight the Pandemic of Coronavirus known as COVID19.
World Milk Day is an international day established by the Food and Agriculture and organization (FAO) of the United Nation to recognize the importance of milk as a global food.
According to the FAO, Milk is one of most produced and valuable agricultural commodities worldwide:
- Milk contributes 27% to the global value added from livestock
- Contributes also to the global value added of agriculture
- Milk &dairy products account for about 14% of global agricultural trade.
Every 1 June, this date aims towards celebrating the contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods, and nutrition.
This date was chosen because a number of countries were already celebrating a national milk day on or around this time. Late May was originally proposed, but some countries, for example Chine, felt they already had too many celebrations in that month. While most countries hold their celebrations on 1st June some choose to hold them a week or before or after this date
The highlights of this day focused on to talk about the benefits of dairy with regards to health and nutrition, affordability and accessibility, and the sector’s passion and commitment to feeding communities.
The Ministry of Agriculture and animal resources (MINAGRI) recognized dairy farmers, milk processors and other stakeholders in dairy value chain for their great contribution in taking Rwanda’s dairy industry to the next level.
The milk value chain from the farmer to consumer generates employment and income and creates wealth while improving nutrition in Rwanda.
Via his twitter account RYAF Chairman and President of African Youth in livestock Incubation Network Jean Baptiste Hategekimana wished all Rwanda Youth especially all Milk Collection centers Managers (MCCs) professional who work tirelessly to transform Rwanda’s livestock sector through increasing milk production across country.
From RYAF Communication Team