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October 17, 2011

Uganda: new dairy plant to reduce unprocessed milk uptake

by Ephriam Kasozi

Arrangements to start the construction of a milk factory have been finalised, a move that will reduce consumption of unprocessed milk in Uganda. Under the arrangement, dairy farmers from the cattle corridor in the western region will have their 500,000 litres of milk processed daily at the factory based in Mbarara.

Mr Akash Kumar, the managing director of the Midland Group said the $15 million processing plant that starts its operations effective January 2012 will produce various
milk products including skimmed milk powder, butter oil, liquid milk, cream, ghee and cheese.

“The building of the plant is already under way and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter and milk power production is expected to begin in January 2012. The powder milk plant will have a capacity to turn 500,000 litres of milk every day,” said Mr Kumar adding that the company using Pearl Dairy as its brand will use its experience to deliver to the African Milk industry.

Speaking at the launch of the, Kumar the factory on a 15 acre land will see farmers organised to work in groups to increase milk production for sustainable production.

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