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Myanmar Dairy Excellence Project

The Myanmar Dairy Excellence Project (MDEP) is working towards building a profitable and competitive Myanmar dairy industry that provides quality livelihoods for farmers and safe food for consumers.

The project 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 and Two from February 2014 to February 2019.  A transition period is currently underway.


Check out MDEP’s facebook page

Objective and Activities

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 continued in Phase Two to deliver on-farm activities. 66 nucleus and focus farms remain engaged in the MDEP.

Phase Two enhanced 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 retailers continued to ensure quality standards were set and met at each step along the value chain.

The programme has currently moved into a transitional phase, preparing the third phase of MDEP.


Intended outcomes of current phase

Intended long-term outcomes:

  1. Enhanced sustainability of Myanmar dairy sector

  2. Increased consumer confidence in Myanmar milk and milk products

  3. Design of Phase 3

Intended medium-term outcomes:

  1. Increased investment in dairy production and processing

  2. Dairy farming as a viable and profitable business

  3. Milk and processed milk products meeting quality standards

Intended short-term outcomes:

  1. Productive, profitable and sustainable dairy farming systems implemented by farmers

  2. National network of competent dairy. advisors

  3. High quality raw milk for processing

  4. Increased volumes of milk sold at higher milk prices


profiles of participating farmers

Check out the stories of our participants and see how small changes in farming practices can have a significant impact on farm profitability and the livelihoods of families and communities.

Daw Ohn Mar showing that the principles of good farm management apply whether you have 4 cows or 400 cows! Good quality low cost fodder and comfortable happy animals with 24 hour access to feed and water makes for a more profitable (and easier) business.

A profile of U Kyaw Moe and Daw Ma Maw. Demonstrating that simple changes can help turn a small farm from just keeping heads above water to providing a sustainable profit for the family.

A profile of the large farm of U Khin Maung Win in Meikhtila. He has turned his farm from substantial losses to breaking even, and as he grows his business with some amazing young stock joining the milking herd over the next 12 months, he is expecting to see a healthy profit.

A look at the progress that has been made at Shwe Oh (U Tin Win and family), as Ko Kyaw Soe Lin runs us through the family business.

A look at U Aung Myint's farm and the changes that he has made to his farm.


Timeframe of the Project

Currently in Transition Phase, preparing for Phase 3

Phase 1: February 2014 – February 2016

Phase 2: March 2016 – March 2019

Transition: April 2019 - June 2020


Partners and Key Personnel

  • Project Director: Bill Stevenson

  • Chief Technical Advisor: Kent Weston-Arnold

  • Milk Quality Specialist: Quality Consultants NZ Ltd (QCONZ)

  • Milk Quality Laboratory Specialist: Dave Malcolm

  • Artificial Insemination Specialist: Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC)

  • Farm Equipment and Supplies: Thermaflo, PGG Wrightsons, Gallagher Group, Read Engineering


The AgriBusiness Group’s Role and Contact

Management Services Consultant: Stuart Ford

Administrator: Chrissy Wright-Stow

Our Team in Myanmar