A new milk processing plant worth Rwf488 million was launched on Wednesday in Burera District of Rwanda, to boost dairy farming in the area, according to The New Times.
It was constructed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in conjunction with Business Development Fund (BDF), the European Union and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
Speaking at the launch, Rwanda’s minister for Trade and Industry Francois Kanimba said the plant would boost exports in the dairy sector.
“Transporting milk from farmers to collection centres and then to factory requires infrastructure to preserve quality. Every year we have to set a budget for that. By March, UNIDO accepted to give Burera Dairy a transport truck with milk coolers. This is part of a 5 year programme to develop dairies in Rwanda,” he said.
Aime Bosenibamwe, the governor of Northern Province, urged farmers to adopt high yielding cows and start buying animal feeds for their animals to increase milk productivity.
Joseph Mungarurire, the director general of National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA) responsible for community processing centres said more research could be carried out on products which could be produced by the plant.