ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Consolata Andrew is one of many women who have ventured into a
dairy farming in Isagehe ward of Kahama, one of the eight
districts in Tanzania’s Lake Zone region of Shinyanga.
Andrew is a mother of five in the area, one of the booming areas
in Lake Zone because of the presence of minerals, mainly gold,
which attract a lot of immigrants from within and outside the
This is what made rural communities around the Kahama township
to venture into a number of socioeconomic projects including
this aspect, there are many women in Isagehe ward like Andrew
who have started benefiting out of the dairy farming as a result
of reliable market.
Before venturing into modern dairy farming, women in the area
used to live miserable lives, but now things have changed to the
better, thanks to the initiatives made by charity organization
World Vision Tanzania (WVT) which provided of improved dairy
cattle to the needy people in the area under the “pass-on
its onset, selected rural communities were trained on artificial
insemination technology. The move increased the number of
improved dairy cattle in the area where people used to raise
indigenous cattle which have proved to be ineffective in milk
After the project kicked off, farmers witnessed a hike of milk
production in the area, to the extent that they end up at a
“throw- away” price.
“We used to sell the milk to the middlemen who took our
product and sell to as far as Kahama town and Shinyanga for
high and better profit compared to what we were getting,”
Dairy cattle farmers in Isagehe had to scrutinize on ways of
getting out of the poverty trap and finally they decided to form
a group which is known as Isagehe Dairy Cattle Keepers
“We tried to look for the reliable market in Kahama town and
neighboring areas. But, things remained tough as our product
wasn’ t processed,” she says, adding that later the group
approached WVT again to look for support on the need for
them to have a small- scale milk processing plant.
“As farmers, we are happy now as we have got the plant and
we are assured of the market as we can sell our milk in
distant areas as far as Mwanza,” she says.
“Before getting the plant we were able to process only 50
liters a day, but after getting this new plant we are able
to process more than 500 liters a day,” says Msafiri
Selemani, another member of the group.
“All supermarkets around are full of our milk products. I am
proud to be a member of the group,” says Rose Kasubi who
owns two dairy cows.
She says she gets 20 liters of milk every day and sells at 800
Tanzanian shillings (0.4 U.S. dollars) per liter, compared to
400 Tanzanian shillings (0.2 U.S. dollars) she used to sell
So, for her she earns around 260 U.S. dollars per month,
something which is a good opportunities for rural communities in
Before venturing into the project, Kasubi used to live in a
grass-thatched house, but now she is living in a corrugated iron
sheet roofed house.
The money she gets from the venture is used to pay school fees
for her children and meeting the family needs, she says. “My
children are also free from malnutrition as everyday they get a
cup of milk. All these are the benefits of this farming
Chairman of the group Enoka Bunagana describes milk as a “white
gold” and dairy farming is an investment option for rural
Bunagana says his association has been grappling towards
improving milk products.
“We are struggling to certify our product with Tanzania
Bureau of Standards barcode so that we can expand our market
horizon to as far as neighboring countries,” he says, adding
that getting own barcode is a big step towards improving the
business environment and getting rid of the inconveniences
that businesses face.
The barcode technology enables consumers to know the country of
origin, production system, product traceability as well as
quality and safety of the product.