Transforming the Midlands Dairy Industry through the Transforming Dairy Value Chain, TRANZ DVC programme

The European Union (EU), funded, Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP), Transforming the Dairy Value Chain, TRANZ DVC, programme aimed at transforming the Zimbabwe dairy industry has working with smallholder farmers who has been selected in Kwekwe, Boterekwa and Somabula in the Midlands province, among other provinces to benefit in the country.

Transforming the Midlands Dairy Industry through the Transforming Dairy Value Chain, TRANZ DVC programme

The European Union (EU), funded, Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP), Transforming the Dairy Value Chain, TRANZ DVC, programme aimed at transforming the Zimbabwe dairy industry has working with smallholder farmers who has been selected in Kwekwe, Boterekwa and Somabula in the Midlands province, among other provinces to benefit in the country.

The TRANZ DVC programme is driven by partners, the Zimbabwe Dairy Industry Trust (ZDIT), the Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF), the Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) and We Effect.

The livestock sector in Zimbabwe contributes significantly to the growth and development of the national economy, providing livelihoods for small to large scale farmers despite a number of challenges, that are limiting its contribution to the national economy inclusive of fiancial limitations, climate change induced drought conditions and vulnerability, institutional and regulatory framework challenges, and weak dairy production best practices and systems.

Speaking to AgriSeason, the Midlands Dairy Services Officer Mr. Virimayi Madzivire, said that the programme has identified a number of farmers who are keen to venture into dairy production in the province in Kwekwe, Somabula and Boterekwa who are ready to supply their milk through milk collection centres to milk processors in the province.

Mr. Madzivire said thatsmall to medium scale dairy farmers where selected on the capacity to handle extra cattle, provide sufficenient feed, veterinary products and services and produce sustainable amounts of milk for the dairy processors.

Farmers in Somabula and Boterekwa are already formated and only required assistence with their cold chains and bulk milk handling faciclities said Mr. Madzivire.

The farmers are also ready to recieve specialised dairy production training on on farm feed formulation among other dairy production skills, added Mr. Madzivire. 

The Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP) irecieved financial support from the European Union (EU) to the tune of €40 million for the ZAGP to contribute to the development of a diversified and efficient agriculture sector that promotes inclusive green economic growth.

The programme covers Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces, the programme will address the weaknesses and gaps in livestock value chains that have prevented the sector from increasing productivity, production, and incomes, to their potential. 

Targeting small-holder, medium-scale and large-scale anchor farms, the project aims to establish dairy hubs and inclusive business models. The dairy hubs will strengthen service provision around Milk Collection Centres (MCC) and milk bulking points.

The out-grower dairy models are expected improve milk aggregation and bulking. Inclusive business models will leverage private sector dairy integrators to provide access to new and more secure markets, access to training and other business support services.

Key changes being aimed for include:

Increased productivity: feeding regimes that improve cow productivity from the current 3.6 litres per day per cow to above 15 litres per day per cow.
Increased production: dairy breed improvement through Artificial Insemination and improved breeding services.
Increased profitability: improving milk quality and adoption of low-cost renewable energy for milk cold chain development to reduce overnight milk losses at household level.
Improved access to finance: promoting the establishment of multilateral partnerships that leverage investments in dairy productive assets and infrastructure.