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Original Research Paper
Analysis of the dairy value chain: Challenges and
opportunities for dairy development in Dire Dawa,
Accepted 28 May, 2014
of Food Science and
Technology, Botswana College of
Agriculture, Private Bag 0027,
2Department of Animal Sciences,
Haramaya University, P.O.Box
287, Haramaya campus, Ethiopia.
3Department of Farm
Management (410C), University
of Hohenheim 70593, Stuttgart,
The study was conducted to characterize the dairy value chain and to identify challenges and opportunities for development of the dairy industry in Dire Dawa, Eastern Ethiopia. A total of nineteen key informants were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Moreover, secondary data were used to augment the information obtained through survey. The dairy value chain is not well organized in Dire Dawa. The roles and functions of all the actors in the value chain are not clear and there is a weak link between milk producers, traders and other stakeholders. Shortage and high cost of feed, lack of institution that provides dairy related information, difficulty to get land, disease prevalence, lack of technical support, and lack of dairy related technologies are the major constraints related to milk production whereas problems related to milk marketing include lack of quality control of milk, lack of cooling and storage facilities at milk vending sites, poor quality of milk supplied from rural areas, sale of raw milk, inappropriate milk handling and storage vessels, and spoilage of milk due to lack of preservation and processing facilities. The major opportunities...