There are mixed
feelings among dairy farmers in Ankole region over a directive by Joy K.
Kabasti, the former State Minister for animal industries to close large milk
cooling plants commonly known as Village coolers.
In December 2019, Kabasti
wrote to the Director Pearl Diaries, the leading milk processor in Ankole directing
her to close all village coolers.
She advised the farmers
to start up cooperative societies to sell milk to Pearl Dairies, which would
help them determine their own prices.
But Wilson Kasana, a
dairy farmer from Sanga in Lyantonde district, says closing village coolers
would affect them a lot, saying cooperatives pay unfair prices to farmers.
He explained that village
coolers create a competitive atmosphere, which benefits farmers.
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Samuel Kandiho, a
farmer from Kiruhura district shares a different view. According to Kandiho,
village coolers have made them lose hope in dairy farming because they
determine milk prices.
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Kandiho says they spent a lot on rearing dairy cattle but earn less because of fluctuating
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However, Wilson Kasana
says all would be well if government intervened and gave them money, sensitised
them on the quality of Milk required and regulated milk prices and other
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processors and brokers pay between Shillings 400 and Shillings 500 per liter of
Seth Deva, the Director of Pearl Dairies, says is unfortunate for the
minister to single out Pearl Diaries, saying there is no law or regulation that
stops processors to have milk centers and being close to farmers.
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According to Seth, milk prices are determined based on the quality supplied.