The aBi Board undertook a working field visit to JESA Farm Dairy Ltd, one of aBi’s key diary implementing partners on 11th March 2019 in Busunju, Wakiso District. The visit was intended to enable the Board members to acquaint themselves with aBi’s operations and engagements with its implementing partners, as part of the Board’s induction. Therefore, the visit focused on the Board getting updated on the status of the “Establishment of a Sustainable Milk Supply Business Model” project being implemented by Jesa with support from aBi.
This particular project targets dairy farmers from Luwero, Kiboga and Kyankwanzi Districts with the objective of increasing current milk supply from these districts, building the capacity of producer organisations to ensure quality and sufficient supplies to JESA, among others.
The Board members led by the Chairperson, Ms. Sarah Walusimbi engaged the JESA team to understand the performance of the project in achieving its objectives. The Board discussed and offered solutions to the challenges being faced by the project such as competition from informal milk traders who buy low-quality milk and offer competitive prices to farmers.
The board members learned that to date, the project has made good progress and has been able to create 65 FTE jobs, set up 4 new Milk Collection Centers, as well as trained farmers.
As part of this evaluation exercise by the Board, one of Jesa’s beneficiary societies known as Dwaniro Dairy and Livestock Farmers’ Cooperative Society Ltd’ was visited in Kyankwanzi District. Dwaniro, brings together over 400 farmers who bulk their milk and sell it to JESA. Through this project, JESA provides a ready market for such farmer organisations and offers extension services to the societies for improved quality and sufficient supply of milk.