The dairy cows were officially handed over to the cooperative by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce, also MP for Chikomba West, Mike Bimha. According to Sibusisiwe Madyangove, Chairperson of Nharira dairy cooperative, it was initiated in 1980 by seven farmers in the local area and was officially launched by Vice President Joshua Nkomo in 1986.
The cooperative, which has been receiving extensive support from Agritex, has a total of 200 members, 85 active and 115 non-active. The cooperative has 80 female members. She said in 2008 the cooperative collapsed due to operational
problems and SCC came in to assess its challenges.
"When SCC came in, they noticed that the cooperative was being mismanaged and they changed the management structure, offered training and facilitated repair of defunct equipment like our cold room," said Madyangove.
The NGO also helped the cooperative to acquire a vehicle and manage their electricity bills.
Kagoro said the cooperative has the potential to produce 1000 litres a day, but is currently producing 300 litres. Some of the challenges facing them include lack of diverse markets, transport and the need for more land.
The cooperative managed to source the cows through FMC financial services, that is responsible for administering the Swedish Cooperative Centres revolving fund.Post published in: Agriculture