Central Regional office is located at DDA head office, Plot 1 Kafu road in Kampala. The region conducts both Development and Regulation services along the value chain as stipulated in the Dairy Industry Act of 1998 and the Dairy (Marketing, Production and Processing of Milk and Milk Products) Regulations of 2003 and as amended in 2006 and 2015.
The region undertakes the above activities in nineteen Districts namely Kampala, Wakiso, Mpigi, Mukono, Kayunga, Buikwe, Buvuma, Mityana, Butambala, Kalungu, Kalangala, Masaka, Lwengo, Bukomansimbi, Sembabule, Gomba, Luwero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola Districts.
1. Agnes Audax Baguma Food Scientist Regional Manager
STATUS OF THE DAIRY VALUE CHAIN
The dairy sector in the region has undergone significant transformation and the growth is in terms of milk production, collection and bulking, milk transportation, processing, marketing access (export and import) as well as providing market for other regions within the country.
The region produces 30% of the total milk production (2.5b in 2019), it has 34 Dairy processing plants. Regional milk production per cow in the morning is 5.94L, evening 4.35L making a total average of 10.29L per day.
The region has 120 Milk Collection and bulking Centres are; raw milk sales out lets are 400 mainly in areas of Kampala, Wakiso, Masaka, Lwengo, Kalungu, Mukono and Buikwe, 29 active dairy farmers’ cooperatives and numerous supermarkets, groceries, shops that sale milk and milk products, 12 milk stores and depots.
What is done by DDA in the region
The region ensures that milk and milk products sold in the region and beyond are safe for human consumption and that dairy businesses comply with dairy standards and regulations.
This has been realized through registration of dairy businesses, inspection of milk handling premises and road milk tankers, on spot milk testing to verify quality and safety, holding feedback meetings, training and sensitization to allow continuous improvement, surveillance of dairy related activities and enforcement to ensure total compliance.
The regional also provides required critical dairy inputs that include pasture seeds and seedlings, milk handling utensils like milk cans, milking buckets and milk coolers, trainings dairy farmers on how to increase milk production and productivity, value addition among others through Dairy Farmers groups.