Dairy Sector Reforms and Transformation in Uganda since the 1990s

Dairy Sector Reforms and Transformation in Uganda since the 1990s
The dairy sector in Uganda has responded positively to agricultural sector liberalisation policies that took effect in the 1990s. Development of the value chain in the dairy sector has led to employment creation and income generation not only for the 700,000 dairy farming households but also for input and equipment dealers, raw milk traders, transporters, large scale milk processors and distributors. Transformation from a government controlled marketing system to a more competitive sector has resulted in private sector businesses, cooperative societies and NGOs becoming active players in the supply of essential inputs, crossbreeding and veterinary extension services. Farmer-to-farmer consultations have enabled the flow of market information as well as adoption of technology. Despite this progress there are still challenges, specifically, the lack of integration in the regional milk markets and the near-monopolistic structure of the milk collection and processing market. Some recommendations include, among others: infrastructure development to integrate regional markets, promotion of Public-Private Partnerships to expand the milk collection network and strengthening of farmer groups as institutions central in the dissemination of information.
Date: 2012-07-04
Author: Swaibu Mbowa, Isaac Shinyekwa & Musa M. Lwanga
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Created Date: 07-04-2012
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