Dairy project empowers locals

The local community here has benefitted from a dairy project, however, depletion of stock, run down infrastructure and lack of funds are threatening the project’s viability.

Established in 2001, the project now has 40 active members. “Farmers supply the project with 200-300l of milk a day. We pay 60cents per litre andwe process the milk into dairy products for sale in the local area,” said Project Director, Tendai Chirume.

Farmers involved in the initiative are able to send their children to school and can supplement their diet with dairy produce.

“It was difficult to find tuition fees, but since the dollarization ofthe economy, the project has transformed our lives and our children’s diets have improved,” said one memberof the dairy project. Gokwe South smallholder, Elias Chiweshe, from Chief Maungweis one of the beneficiaries of the project. He has won NADFprestigious Award of Best Small-case Dairy Farmer for 2010 at a fieldday at his farm.

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