Private Sector Important for Uptake of Technologies Embedded by Govt. for Fast Tracking and Commercialization of Forage/Fodder

Better feeding practices with the use of adequate nutritious green forage for dairy animals have been recommended by experts as a solution to the poor productivity of the dairy farming businesses in Nepal. 

As part of Dairy project’s “Increase Access to Forage Inputs” intervention, Samarth-NMDP has been working with Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) - Pasture and Fodder Division (PFD) to address legal and technical barriers for commercialization and promotion of forage based dairy production

ENHANCING QUALITY STANDARDS OF RAW MILK: VALIDATION OF GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Impacts of poor quality of raw milk are reflected in short shelf-life of processed products, limited range of finished dairy products in the market, reduced opportunity to supply milk in export markets, and additional costs incurred in food preparation which is borne by the processors and the consumers. In order to address the above-mentioned constraints, Samarth-NMDP is building the capacity of the stakeholders to improve the quality standards of raw milk through an action research on the raw milk supply chain in six pilot sites.

90 trainers trained on GMP in 5 districts

As part of Samarth-NMDP’s ongoing ‘Enhancing Quality Standard of Raw Milk’ intervention in the dairy sector, it is currently working with dairy stakeholders such as dairy associations, dairy cooperatives and its chilling centers, and the Department of Livestock Services (DLS) to improve the quality of raw milk. Four ToTs were organized to train 90 nominees from milk collection/chilling centres in May 2016 in the selected GMP pilot sites. Click the button below to read more:

Introducing GMP in the raw milk supply chain to catalyze the commercialization of the dairy sector

A study on raw milk supply chain, supported by Samarth-NMDP and conducted by Dairy Industry Association (DIA) and Central Dairy Cooperative Association Nepal (CDCAN), confirmed the need for improvement in the quality of raw milk for the commercialization/industrialization of the dairy sector. Key stakeholders of the sector were unanimous on the necessity of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) across the entire value chain of milk production as a prerequisite to maintain the quality of milk.

Exploring the export potential of Nepalese pork and dairy products to Bhutan

Samarth-NMDP in partnership with the Nepal government, organized a government level visit with the Bhutanese government to discuss trade opportunities between the two nations. With the local economy dwindling due to the earthquake, the political embargo disrupting the already existing markets and the importance of exporting goods a key factor for a sustainable economy, this bilateral trade talks with the Bhutanese government is a step towards opening doors to better opportunities for future growth.  

 

Making Milk Markets Work in Nepal

There has been a dramatic improvement in Kamadhenu Dairy Development Corporation’s  (KDDC) performance after partnering with Samarth. KDDC has increased its raw milk collection from 10,300 l/d in January 2014 to 19,000 l/d in January 2015 - an increase of about 85%. Samarth had supported KDDC to diversify their product as well as make other strategic changes in their business practice. With increasing demand of milk for production of diversified dairy products, KDDC is in a position to consistently collect milk in both seasons.

Rapid Market Analysis: Dairy Sector

From the preliminary reports received, there is damage to equipment and buildings, with an estimated seven processors and 26 chilling centres now out of service as a result. Sindhupalchok suffered most of the damage with 18 chilling centers reported to be non-operational during the time of assessment. DDC, the only processor of yak cheese in the country had six cheese production centers completely damaged.

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