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A local association of agricultural producers receives new equipment to support 42 dairy farmers and increase their milk production and quality.

KALINOVIK, September 11, 2020 – The Sweden/USAID FARMA II project and Kalinovik Municipality awarded today to the local Association of Agricultural Producers (UPP) five new lacto freezers with a cumulative capacity of 2,300 liters to be used by 42 dairy farmers in remote villages.

The lacto freezes are part of the FARMA II provided support to the UPP Kalinovik, which also includes a two-months long training program for the dairy farmers delivered to help them improve milk hygiene and quality, increase production, and generate higher revenues.

“When the Association of Agricultural Producers applied for a grant with the Sweden/USAID FARMA II project to provide a training program to our dairy farmers and purchase three new lacto freezes, we saw a great opportunity to join our forces with the project and contribute funds for an additional two lacto freezers and cover the needs of more farmers living and working in remote villages,” said the Kalinovik Municipality Mayor, Mileva Komlenović, and noted that the municipality also provided funds for the purchase of 42 stainless steel milk buckets to replace the less hygienic plastic buckets used by the farmers thus far.

Mirko Bozalo from the UPP Kalinovik noted that the training program consists of eight courses including on animal feed production and livestock nutrition; udder health and milk hygiene; animal reproduction, welfare, and housing; and financial management in agriculture. It entails 32 theoretical and 60 practical sessions.

"The new equipment and the training program we are delivering now will help farmers to increase hygiene and turn all of their milk into a quality product. We also want to help them to increase the quantities of milk they produce through proper nutrition and care for the animals by at least five percent in the first year following the training. All of this should result in them making at least 15 to 20 percent more money,” said Bozalo.

The Sweden/USAID FARMA II project is supporting the development of five sectors of agriculture in BiH, including dairy, poultry, fruit and vegetables, honey, and aromatic and medicinal plants. Over the last four years, it provided support to more than 2,100 agricultural producers and organizations.