KMDP-II will continue to address the gaps in practical skills and knowledge in the Kenya dairy sector as a major impediment to the quality of extension services that dairy farmers and farm managers receive (see figure 3). This will be achieved through capacity building and BDS of training and extension (T&E) units of processors/dairy societies with an inclusive business model, dairy advisory services (DAS), practical dairy training farms or centres (e.g. PDTCs), and technical training institutes (TTIs: mid-level colleges and Universities).
Fodder contributes to 65% of the cost price of milk. Access to quality fodder remains a challenge for dairy farmers, both with respect to on-farm fodder production and preservation, and commercial fodders sold in the market. The latter is predominantly a hay market which supplies low quality fodder at exorbitant prices. This negatively affects the cost price of milk and causes seasonality in milk supply. The project will scale up technical assistance, business development and piloting new technologies aimed at supply of high quality fodders, with commercial fodder producers, the Service Provider Enterprise Network (SPEN), agricultural contractors and (other) input and service providers (seed, equipment and maintenance services).
In this outcome, the project addresses of lack of incentives and other mechanisms to maintain quality of raw milk in the collection chain. KMDP-II will use a processor-led approach where all actors along the milk collection chain will receive technical assistance to increase their knowledge, understanding, and application of milk quality policies and SOPs. The project expects to observe improved practices along the milk collection chains in regard to reorganisation of milk collection/transport, code of milk handling and hygiene, milk testing regimes, upgrading of the cold chain, and mastitis reduction.
The fourth outcome focuses on improving the functional relationships of dairy value chain actors in Kenya. This includes vertical linkages and integration between farmers, dairy societies and processors’ in more inclusive business models, and horizontal linkages with input suppliers and service providers. In this outcome KMDP-II will continue to work on both sets of linkages, with the vertical integration focusing on long term milk supply contracts, investments by processors and dairy societies in quality farmer services, notably investments in farmer training and extension units, and joint efforts by the value chain actors to improve milk quality
KMDP-II recognises the limitation of locally available knowledge and technology in fast-tracking dairy sector development. This outcome is concerned with promoting B2B linkages and trade between the Netherlands and Kenya, through a number of activities that are promotional and facilitative. The proposed activities (i.e. business brokering, study tours, trade fairs, demos, pilots, feasibility studies, etc.) are important to support the Dutch private sector to understand the market size, needs and trends, to develop local networks and market share, to showcase Dutch knowledge and technology, and to help forge B2B and other partnerships
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