Dairy farmers in Nyagatare district have welcomed the government’s decision to privatize Savannah Dairy, a milk processing plant. The farmers say the move will bring about better practices hence the plant will be able to buy more milk produce from farmers. The farmers however say that a better relationship between them and the dairy will be realized through timely payment.
On 13th January this year, a cabinet meeting approved the sale of Savannah Dairy, a milk processing plant in Nyagatare district. According to the plant’s director Sinayobye Siriro, privatizing the plant carries with it plenty of benefits as they expect to buy more liters of milk from dairy farmers.
Dairy Farmers welcomed the move citing future reduction of costs incurred while transporting milk to the markets.
The farmers said that a better working relationship with the dairy will be experienced if authorities of the milk processing plant ensure timely payment for their milk produce.
The farmers are reported to have had an agreement with Inyange milk processing factory but this seems like a dimming endeavor as the plant buys only between 5000 and 6000 litres of milk as opposed to the agreed 13,000 litres. This meant that dairy farmers had to find prospective markets elsewhere, a problem that emanated from delayed payment.