The Department of Animal Science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have organised sensitisation workshop to educate dairy farmers in the Ashanti Region.
The workshop is escalated to last for close to one month at the forecourt of Kumah Farms and Training Complex. The facilitator for the workshop,professor, P. K. Karikari in a follow up interview during the workshop revealed that dairy farming in the country has not been keenly resource by authorities. Most farmers lack basic knowledge in the field where healthy precautions, management and hygiene couple with certification which is a basic requirement one’s need to engage in milk farming has become a problematic in this country…out of 50% of milk produce have a high micro organism and it’s not good for human consumption of which authorities have to employed appropriate measures to tackle the situation.
Ghana,he said, had not been proactive of ensuring a productive dairy farming. “The industries are not function-all the dairy institutions have not been up to the task because the status- quos are not working”. To ensure productivity in the dairy processing, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and stakeholders have to look at the sector in a broader prospective and work closely toward empowering farmers with requisite skills training workshops to enhancing the sustainability and productivity of milk farming in the country.
On his part, the Managing Director of Kumah Farms and Training Complex,Nana Kwaku Siaw lauds the facilitators from KNUST for taken upon themselves to impact knowledge of milk farming on them at a time they need it most.”we have the passion to convert milk into yoghurt, but we lack practical education to produce quality and hygienic yoghurt for the public which is paramount”. He noted.
The beneficiaries of the workshop are the Seventh Day Adventist and Milk Farmers. Farmers were taken through the process of feeding animals, basic practical steeps of yoghurt preparation,measurement of raw milk and powder milk and how to eliminate or reduce micro organism.
Nana Kwaku Siaw stressed that the training will not only help farmers alone but the entire citizenry. When farmers are being empowered with an in depth knowledge in milk production where yoghurt are produced under a hygienic conditions, the fear of micro organisms in milk will be the thing of the past.
Yoghurt business is gradually coming to stay but the albatross question is; do we have available materials and knowledge to do the business holistically? It’s a situation all milk farmers and everybody should be concerned. Thus appeal to all milk farmers to take the opportunity as an aid to grow and produce save yoghurt for the public.
Source: tnpnewsonline.com /Michael Obofo