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Progress on More Milkit Program in Tanzania-Traders receive training in developing bankable business plans

14 March 2016

The MoreMilkiT project works with milk traders in Morogoro and Tanga regions of Tanzania to set up dairy market hubs that will be used to pilot approaches to increase milk production and marketing. Funded by IrishAid, the project is implemented principally by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with Faida MaLi, Tanzania Dairy Board, Sokoine University of Agriculture and Heifer International as the implementing partners. As part of on-going activities, the project recently held a five-day business opportunity seminar in Morogoro to train 23 milk traders, including six women, from 22 project villages in Morogoro and Tanga. The seminar focused on milk marketing and dairy business management practices aimed at helping producers cum traders to add value to their milk and identify business opportunities for selling inputs and services. In particular, the seminar enabled trainees to develop individual business plans including enterprise budgets that will be a basis for their subsequent mentoring and coaching. It was facilitated by Faida MaLi, one of the implementing partners of the project. Trainees reported that the seminar allowed them an opportunity to network with others players in the dairy value chain while noting that business plans would help them improve and expand their milk businesses. The trainees were expected to later train other traders within the network of the project.



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