The cabinet approved an 11-member committee to the Board of Directors for the Dairy Development Authority (DDA).
The Minister of ICT and National Guidance Dr. Chris Baryomunsi said the committee has been tasked to focus on “mobilization for milk production and value addition”.
According to the minister, the committee will also encourage adoption of improved dairying practices and promotion of better marketing channels for milk and other dairy products in the country.
Kangye Mugabire will represent the Uganda National Dairy Traders Association on the Board, Dr. Michael Kansiime comes in as ex-officio representing the Dairy Development Authority, Rev. Sandra Mugenyi Mwebaze will forward views of the Dairy Value Chain Development (Animal Nutrition), Vivian Jane Tumwebaze (Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development), Dr. Juliet Sentumbwe (Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries) and Jane Francis Acholoi (Women's Dairy Cooperatives Society).
Immaculate Kibirango represents the Dairy Farmers Cooperatives on the board, Clare Pamela Atoo (Dairy Farmer's Cooperatives Limited), Dr. Daniel Kasibule (Uganda Veterinary Association), Walimbwa Robert (Uganda National Processors Association) and David Bigira Rwaje (the Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperatives Union Limited).
The Dairy sector is one of the leading agricultural commodity export income earners, second to coffee.
Uganda collected $205 million (about Shs730 billion) from exporting milk products in 2020, DDA, up from the $131.5m (Shs 466bn) picked up from the sector in 2018.
Milk production in the country has increased from 2.5 billion liters in 2018 to 2.8 billion liters in 2020, a rise that is attributed to the expansion of milk collection centers across the country.