A leading food processing company in Rwanda has agreed to help dairy farmers improve their milk production in Nyagatare, following a recent five-year agreement to supply the firm with a daily supply of 35,000 litres.
Currently, Inyange purchases 30,000litres of milk from dairy farmers in Nyagatare every day.
Speaking in a consultative meeting that brought together dairy farmers in Nyagatare district, Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary and Inyange Industries officials, the company’s managing director; Sudadi Senganda Kayitana highlighted a number of key sectors to be improved as part of helping dairy farmers improve their milk production.
“We are currently working with thirteen milk collection centres (MCCs) in the district where we purchase 30,000litres of milk a day. As part of improving the quality of milk production, Inyange will construct boreholes around MCCs, provide water storage tanks for sanitation purposes as well as water heater tanks. On top of this we shall also provide modern milk holding tanks to enable farmers supply quality milk to us,” he said.
Kayitana added that Inyange, through its policy of quality service delivery, will also recruit 41 permanent workers at 8 milk collection centres to facilitate the existing workforce hired by farmers’ cooperatives.
During the meeting held at MTC Guest house in Nyagatare sector, farmers gave a nodding head to Inyange’s new decision of taking transport charges from Milk collection centres to Savannah milk plant in Nyagatare town.
The plant is also owned by Inyange industries.
“I am very happy for Inyange’s helping hand in improving our milk production through all this assistance. On behalf of my fellow dairy farmers in Nyagatare district improved milk production will help us improve social welfare through increased production of milk,” said Charles Mushaija, the president of Nyagatare diary farmers’ cooperative.
According to Inyange industries’ managing director, the price of milk purchased will also increase.
“We have agreed to increase the price of milk from Rwf160 to Rwf 170 per litres. This is the basic price to be taken on MCC level. The general price per litre is Rwf200 but the rest will be charged on other services like transport and maintenance,” he said.