Fresh Dairy hosted over 370 Dairy farmers to its third Farmer’s Field Day held on Friday, 29th September 2017 in Sembabule District, that was aimed at showcasing to the farmers various modern ways in which to boost dairy production from their livestock.
Fresh Dairy, the leading producers of Fresh milk, UHT long life milk, Instant powder milk, Long life milk, Yoghurt, Ghee, Butter and Cream in Uganda currently work with 25,000 farmers mainly in Central and South Western Uganda from whom they source milk daily. Currently, Fresh Dairy handles 600,000 litres of milk every day.
John Gethi, Director Milk Procurement – Brookside Limited, the producers of Fresh Dairy products called upon all farmers present at the Farmer’s Field Day event to take home a new idea and practice it on their respective farms, while maintaining best farm practices. He further cautioned service providers to maintain quality while supplying inputs to livestock farmers.
The Guest of Honour was Hon. Theodore Sekikubo - Lwemiyaga Member of Parliament who represented State Minister for Agriculture Hon. Joy Kabasi.
Mr Gethi further said, ‘Fresh Dairy benefits from volumes because of increased demand for raw milk production.’ Fresh Dairy not only links its farmers to stakeholders with in the Dairy sector, but also offers them training services for better product enhancement measures such as veterinary services, cattle feeding, breeding, disease control, proper record keeping, financial and banking facilities, insurance and alternative energy sources such as Solar among others. Fresh Dairy also avails farmers with milk quality testing equipment, Aluminium milk cans and pails which have increased their clean milk production.
As part of the event, a raffle draw was held where Farmers took home various Dairy-related prizes to include: A Cow won by George Kugumaho, Grass cutter won by Kwikirizi Steven who is a farmer based in Sembabule District, Milking buckets and Cans among others.
Fresh Dairy pledges to continue holding more Farmer’s Field Days that are open to all farmers, with the next one scheduled to take place in Ngoma – Nakaseke District.