25 May SMALL DAIRY FARM IN DIDI LILO ACTS AS MODEL FOR OTHERS IN THE REGION
A small dairy farm of 24 cows in DidiLilo, Gardabani district, which has agreed through a joint financing agreement to be a model dairy plant, is being used to show up to an estimated 150 other small dairy businesses in the Gardabani and Marneuli districts of the KvemoKartli region, the benefits of investing in modern farm management and new technology.
The National Milk Producers Association of Georgia (NMPA) and Dairy Georgia (processors) are using the model farm to demonstrate to other small dairy farmers in the area the advantages that modern techniques, such as the use of a closed barn, intensive feed system, allied to improved farm management, can bring to their businesses. The training also includes being informed about hygienic milk production and the collection, processing, storage, delivery and marketing of dairy products.
An existing small farm in DidiLilo has been transformed into a model dairy plant through investment by the farm owner himself, supplemented by support and technical advice from the Rural Economic Development Programme (RED).
The demonstration of what can be achieved with modern methods, including better animal husbandry, and improved feeding and processing practices, has stimulated local dairy farms and dairies to expand their herds, and introduce modern stainless steel equipment, and new ventilation and watering systems as well as hydroponic fodder growing machines. Dairies are also seeking to develop increased winter milk production, and decrease the use of common pastures to protect herds from disease. All these actions will increase yields, produce higher quality and more varied products and increase profits and cash flows.
As a result of this process, international equipment suppliers of dairy and farm equipment have been encouraged to enter the Georgian market, whilst local producers have benefitted from the free advice given on production needs and sales techniques under the RED programme.