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|Title: ||Training Manual on Smallholder Milk Production and Processing|
|Authors: ||Osafo, E.L.K|
|Keywords: ||Milk Production|
Feeding and Feeding System
|Issue Date: ||2018|
|Publisher: ||Department of Animal Science,KNUST|
|Citation: ||Osafo, E.L.K., Karikari, P.K. and Omojola, A.B. (Eds). 2018. Training manual on smallholder milk production and processing. KNUST University Press, Kumasi. pp 198|
|Abstract: ||The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET)
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in February, 2016. The purpose
of the MOU was for KNUST, through its Department of Animal Science, to develop
and test modules for the training of small-scale dairy producers and processors in
Ghana to enhance their skills to manage their dairy businesses more efficiently.
Earlier investigations by COTVET had identified skills gaps in the service sector
of the Ghanaian economy. The dairy sector was identified as an area where
there were skills gaps in both the production and processing of raw milk. One
constraint identified was the low patronage of local dairy products due to perceived
unhygienic ways in which raw milk was handled and processed into the local dairy
products. In addition, there was little visibility of the indigenous milk products,
which were marketed only within a small sector of the population. All these
factors culminated in a low market share for local dairy products in the domestic
Nevertheless, ‘Tuo zaafi’, a cereal-based food, produced also within the same
community is well patronized across the wider spectrum of the Ghanaian populace.
It is anticipated that providing skills training to small-scale dairy producers could
result in improved hygiene, improved taste and shelf life, and consumer confidence
in the consumption of these products.
The manual has eight modules:
- Module 1 gives a historical perspective of the attempts at dairy cattle
production and the lessons learnt. The module also discusses the
traditional and modernised milk production systems.
- The success of any dairy industry largely depends on its feeding systems.
Investigations have however revealed shown significant challenges in that
aspect resulting in low milk yield. Thus, Module 2 provides insights into
forage production and feeding systems to address the inadequacies in the
feeding systems of cattle for better milk production.
- Managing the milking herd concerning their health and fertility are
outlined in Module 3.
- Module 4 shows the milking systems that are available: both simple and
high end for extraction of milk from cows. The manual spells out the steps
necessary in ensuring quality raw milk is available for consumption or for
|Description: ||Training Manual on Smallholder Milk Production and Processing|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Agric and Natural Resources|
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