Dairy Development Authority Media Release

THEME “Gender inclusion for wealth and health in milk production and Consumption”
June Dairy Month is an annual event celebrated worldwide to pay tribute to contributions of dairy farmers, dairy processors, dairy importers and exporters, and their families who work hard every day to provide fresh, whole some milk and milk products for everyone to enjoy. It also aims at promoting milk consumption. 
In Uganda, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), an agency under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) takes lead in organizing and coordinating the celebrations for June Dairy Month. This year’s theme “Gender Inclusion For Wealth And Health In Milk Production And Consumption “is geared towards acknowledging women’s significant contribution to the dairy sub sector in particular and Agricultural Sector in general and to food security and the country’s GDP. It also aims at promoting women’s economic empowerment in an effort to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal 5 (Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls).
Fellow Ugandans, it is once again that time of the year when we celebrate achievements and recognize the progress made in the dairy sub sector. June Dairy Month not only offers sector players the opportunity to celebrate the achievements registered but also to reflect on the challenges and how to overcome them.
Government of Uganda has invested in increasing milk production and productivity, reducing post-harvest milk losses through rehabilitation of Milk Collection Centers (MCC’s), enhancing milk value addition and access to milk and milk products’ markets. These initiatives have resulted into tremendous dairy subsector growth at a current rate of 8% per annum. Growth has been, and continues to be registered in milk production, milk collection and transportation, milk processing.
Milk Production 
Milk production increased from 2.08 billion litres in 2015 to about 2.5 billion litres in 2017/18. About 80% of the total national milk produced is marketed and 20% consumed by the farming households. Only 33% of the marketed milk is processed, 67% is marketed raw.
Milk Collection, Transportation Marketing and Processing
Dairy farmers have been supported to form dairy cooperatives and benefit from economies of scale and increased market access. Currently, there are 219 Primary Dairy Farmers’ Cooperative Societies and 11 Dairy Farmers Unions across the country. 
Marketed milk stood at 80% of the total production in 2017 and this is likely to increase further after the rehabilitation of more milk collection centers. Total rural milk collection centres are currently 461 with total installed capacity of 1,770,417 litres. The value of marketed milk had a 5% increase from USD 716 million in 2015 to USD 752 million (about UGX 2.7 trillion) in 2017/18.
Currently, Uganda has 100 operational milk processing companies (large scale, medium scale, small scale and cottages) with a total installed capacity of 2.7 million litres per day. Products currently processed include; milk powder, UHT Milk, Pasteurized Milk, Yoghurt, Butter, Ice Cream, Cheese, Ghee, Casein.
Milk and Dairy Products Exports
Dairy exports stood at US $ 60 million in 2016 and increased to approximately USD 130 million in 2017/18 while Dairy Imports dropped from USD 5.4 million to USD 5.2 million over the same period. The increase in the net exports has been as a result of increased compliance and meeting standards of Uganda’s milk and milk products on both regional and international markets due to efforts by DDA in regulation and quality assurance. The Dairy exports mainly go to EAC, COMESA countries, SADC, UAE, Nigeria, Syria, Egypt, Omen, USA, Nepal & Bangladesh. The exported dairy products include; UHT milk, ghee, casein, whey proteins, and butter oil. 
Milk Consumption Benefits 
Milk per capita consumption in Uganda has increased from 25 liters in 1986 to 62 liters in 2017. This however is still way below the 200 liters percapita annual consumption recommended by WHO. Milk is an excellent source of essential nutrients such as proteins, calcium, phosphorous, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins A, B6 and B12 that are easily digested by children and adults for proper development of the brain, body, strong bones, energy and good eye sight. There is evidence associating the lack of dairy products consumption to stunting in children, increased risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, obesity, and colon cancer.
Promotion of consumption of milk and milk products is therefore one of the key objectives of June Dairy Month celebrations. 
June Dairy Month Celebrations
Previous June Dairy Month celebrations have taken place across different parts of the country as highlighted below: 
Year     Venue
2017 Masindi (Mid Western)
2016 Bushenyi (South Western)
2015 Isingiro (South Western)
2014 Gulu (Northern) 
2013 Mbarara (South Western)
2012 Soroti (North Eastern)
2011 Kampala (Central)
2010 Kampala (Central)
This is deliberate to ensure the good news about milk is country wide.
June Dairy Month 2018
Regional Celebration activities for the South Western Region will take place from 19th-20th June 16, 2018.
Activities will include exhibition by dairy sector stakeholders, Corporate Socio-Responsibility (CSR) at 4 schools and at Itojo Hospital, school milk programme and main celebrations at Kyamate Grounds in Ntungamo district. 
National Celebrations will be held in Teso Sub Region, with a climax in Soroti Municipality at Soroti Sports Grounds, Soroti District from 27th to 29th June 2018. The main activities that have been lined up include:
1. Commissioning of the Rehabilitated Soroti Milk Collection Centre.
2. Commissioning of the newly constructed North Eastern DDA Regional Offices
3. A procession through Soroti Municipality on the 28th June 2018.
4. An exhibition by dairy stakeholders at Soroti sports grounds, Soroti District
5. Corporate Social Responsibility at Soroti Police Barracks and Soroti General Hospital on the 27th and 28th June 2018 respectively.
6. Promoting milk consumption among school going children in 10 schools in line with the School Milk Program.
For more information, please contact us
Plot 1 Kafu Road, Nakasero
P.O Box 34006 Kampala
Tel: +256 414-343901/414-343903,Email:
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UMA Show Grounds
Lugogo, Kampala
+256 414-343903 NORTH EASTERN 
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Soroti, Uganda
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P.O.Box 257 Entebbe
Tel: +256414662217 SOUTH WESTERN 
Plot 3 High Street, Mbarara
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MAAIF Building
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