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Dairy value chain, lucrative business but difficult to establish in Ghana – Lecturer

Dairy Value Chain is the process that links actors and the activities involve in delivering milk and milk products to the final consumers with each stakeholder in the chain adding value at its stage of transformation, Dr Maame Yaa Adjei of University of Ghana, Department of Nutrition and Food Science has said.

She said the chain process involved production, transportation, processing, packaging and storage.

The process activities require inputs such as financing and raw materials which are employed to add value and transport dairy products to consumers.

According to the lecturer, every actor of the chain should give the product the maximum added value at the least possible cost.

She noted that the dairy value chain is a very booming business but developing countries including Ghana have challenges such as; setting up an efficient, hygienic and economic diary chain.

According to her, because of the difficulties in establishing a viable milk collection and transportation system due to small quantities of milk produced per farm and the remoteness of product site, among other challenges such as season ability of the milk supply, poor, deficiency in technology and knowledge in milk collection and processing and also difficulties in establishing cooling facilities; developing countries hardly succeed in this particular business of farming even though they are highly acknowledged in cattle farming,

Source: Prince Paul Amuzu/ritefmonline.org

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