The dairy sector is growing at an encouraging rate and soon may be one of the economy’s top income earners if farmers and processors are supported, Dairy Development Authority (DDA) has stated.
Dr Jolly Zaribwende, the DDA executive director, said the increasing demand for milk and milk products locally and internationally is proof that the sector is on the rise.
“The liberalization of the sector in 1998 allowed private players to come in. Right now the dairy sector brings in about $850 million annually to Uganda’s economy and there is still chance to increase these figures,” she said .
She was speaking during launch of Fresh Dairy Bongo Milk products at Hotel Africana recently; Bongo is heat-treated fermented milk.
Dr Zaribwende observed that the value chain in the dairy sector has led to growth of other sub-sectors that include dairy ingredients dealers, raw milk traders, milk transporters, mini-dairies, large-scale milk processors and distributors.
Reacting on the new Bongo product, Dr Zaribwende said it will increase the milk uptake as well as create more jobs for the locals since the new plant will need extra workers.
“We believe there is an unexploited market in the East Africa and Comesa regions and this product will readily get a market; people have been taking cultured milk but nobody knew its hygiene,” she said.
Elias Ochola, the director sales at Fresh Dairy, said the company is keen to grow and drive the fermented milk products such as Bongo in Uganda. “We hope to intensify fermented milk production to get a grip of the market across the region,” he said.