In 2014, milk production in Rwanda was at 648,330 MT per year.
Production increased to 816, 791MT in 2018 and Consumption per capita was at 68 liters in the same year.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, the increase was due to combined efforts to improve genetics of local cattle breeds through artificial insemination, Girinka project that offers cross breeds and dairy breeds to poor families, as well improving nutrition of cows.
In 2017, Rwanda established RDDP, a Rwf53 billion project to increase milk production and support subsequent value chains.
In August 2018, through RDDP, the Ministry started renovation of 60 milk collection centers (MCCs), across the country, an exercise that will cost Rwf945,068,433.
In addition to that, MCCs also needed equipment for milk collection, testing and cooling.
In order to strengthen the quality and safety of milk, farmers are being supported to acquire milk cans and coolers to mitigate challenges they used to face in insuring the quality of milk from their home to milk collection centers.
So far, 4000 milk cans have been distributed to farmers.
Starting June 2019, another round of 16,050 milk cans will be distributed to farmers across the country.
These milk cans includes, 7600 of 5 liters, 4150 of 10 liters, 1,000 of 20 liters, 1,500 of 40 liters and 1,800 of 50 liters.
Among these, Gishwati milk producers will be given 3,465 milk cans in total. Gishwati is among the major five milk sheds ( high production zones) in the country, including Nyanza, Kigali, Nyagatare and Gicumbi.
In addition to 3,465 milk cans, 25 milk coolers will also be given to milk collection centers in June 2019.
The total coast of all the equipment being given to farmers and MCCs is Us$1,396,415, according to the Ministry. Farmers are contributing 20%, and the government will cover 80%.
To date, 15 milk transporters have been licensed; while small milk transporters who have been licensed are 156 and 12 milk collectors (Abacunda) cooperatives have been formed.