New Project for the North LEDA in Wadi Khaled, supported by the UNDP and Funded by the Italian Government.

2014-08-25


North LEDA has been selected by the UNDP in Lebanon as the Local Implementing Partner for the “Improvement of Wadi Khaled Cattle Milk Value Chain” project. This project, that is funded by the Italian Government, aims to improve the cattle milk value chain as well as the income of the cow breeders in this area.


Milking-Cow Breeders in Wadi Khaled - Akkar contribute significantly to the socio-economical sustainability of the community in Akkar. But this sector is characterized by many constraints. The  majority of these cows are owned by micro and small breeders who lack the proper technical background for the proper management of these animals. 
Due to the absence of public awareness, veterinary services and skilled private veterans in the region of Akkar, breeders in general lack the proper knowledge of hygiene and farm management of milking cows and they are subject to major losses in cows and milk production quantity and quality.

Cows breeder sectors developed in the area of Wadi Khaled , the growing number of breeders and cows dramatically grew during the past two years, especially after the Syrian crisis that led to a decline in income generation , which was carried across the border. Moreover, micro and small farmers are not able to financially sustain themselves with this milk production quantity at the local price of milk.


Therefore, the current proposed project aims at improving the available data about the Wadi Khaled cattle milk sector by conducting a door to door survey and a market study. Then, the project will improve the milk quality and quantity through conducting awareness sessions targeting all of Wadi Khaled cattle breeders. During these sessions, key breeders will be identified to be trained and assisted through the process of creating a local milk collection cooperative inside Wadi Khaled to proceed on their own in improving the cattle milk value chain.

The major constraint facing the breeders is the low price of milk that is set by the mediators and is preventing the small breeders from investing in the sector. Accordingly, and based on the improvment of Wadi Khaled milk quality and quantity in the course of the training sessions and based on the readiness of the selected and trained key breeders to start implementing the proposed business plan of the established milk collection cooperative, UNDP along with LEDA will assist the cooperative in creating Bulk Milk Collection Unit(s) BMCU across Wadi Khaled Region. Hence, the breeders will be able to directly sell their milk to the created cooperative for a better price by avoiding the middlemen who are controlling the prices.