Myanmar Dairy Excellence Project
Management and Implementation
The Myanmar Dairy Excellence Project (MDEP) is funded and initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the New Zealand Aid Programme. The AgriBusiness Group managed the Design activity in 2013 and completed Phase One from February 2014 to February 2016. Phase Two is currently underway.
Description of the project
The Myanmar Dairy Excellence Project (MDEP) aims to assist the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to develop a profitable and competitive Myanmar Dairy Industry that provides quality livelihoods for farmers and safe food for consumers.
The MDEP was developed in consultation with the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
Phase One focused on the commencement of on-farm improvements in forage production, animal nutrition and milk quality procedures and allowed time for the Myanmar Government to determine a strategic direction for its dairy sector. Phase One also enabled the MDEP to gain a deeper understanding of the Myanmar dairy industry, in order to be able to introduce appropriate dairy practices and technologies from New Zealand that are applicable for Myanmar local conditions.
The use of nucleus farm supply groups and forage farm groups employed in Phase One will continue in Phase Two to deliver on-farm activities. 66 nucleus and focus farms remain engaged in the MDEP.
Phase Two will continue to work to enhance the success from Phase One gained from the farm development plans, capacity building and knowledge transfers and training to MDEP counterparts – LBVD officials and dairy smallholder farms. Engagement with laboratory, milk processors and key retailerswill continue to ensure quality standards are set and met at each step along the value chain.
By the end of Phase Two it is intended that the MDEP has improved the dairy industry in Myanmar in the following areas:
- Strengthened the private sector to supplement the extension and training services provided by LBVD;
- Established milk quality practices, both food safety and product quality, along the value chain, from production, processing and retailing;
- Promoted commercialisation through the improvement of milk quality; and
- Assisted with dairy industry support infrastructure in Myanmar.
High level planning
The MDEP will be implemented in two phases over five years.
Phase One: February 2014 – February 2016
Phase Two: March 2016 – February 2019
Partners and Key Personnel
- Chief Technical Advisor, based in Myanmar – Bill Stevenson
- Dairy Husbandry Advisors, based in Myanmar – Neville and Jacqui Legg and Kent Weston-Arnold
- Tropical Forage Specialist – Alan Robertson
- Milk Quality Specialist – Quality Consultants NZ Ltd (QCONZ)
- Artificial Insemination Specialist – Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC)
- Training Provider – Primary ITO/Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre
- Farm Equipment and Supplies – Thermaflo, PGG Wrightsons and Gallaghers
The AgriBusiness Group’s role and contact
- Role: Management Services Consultant
- Key Contacts: Geoff Mavromatis (Project Director) and Katy Newton (Project Manager)