The following are some photos of the dairy, which is located in Tabora.
The Tabora milk plant- was established in 1926, making it the oldest in Tanzania . The plant was later on nationalised in the mid 1970s and handed over to a state owned parastatal, the Tanzania Dairies Ltd (TDL).
In 1995 the Tabora Dairy was closed and put into receivership after struggling to maintain business for many years. After studying the situation a decision was made by TCFD to purchase the dairy. The purchase transaction was completed in 1999 giving TCFD the challenge to re-establish the dairy.
Due to Tabora having no milk processing facility for several years, milk was being sold around the streets from traders with bicycles. The milk is carried in plastic containers such as, buckets, 5 litre engine oil cans and cooking oil containers, these containers breed contamination as they are difficult to clean. Also during dry season the volume of milk is greatly reduced and water is added by many of the traders to increase the quantity. Water is usually taken from open water holes on the way to town from the farms. Water from this source can contain bacterial diseases like cholera and typhoid.
After the handover of the factory was completed a more detailed assessment of the factory condition and facilities were made. In addition a survey was made of the milk supply and suppliers. When the assessments were completed and studied it was decided by the then trustees of TCFDT(NI) to provide a facility capable of processing 5,000 litres of milk per day. For this to be possible the factory needed refurbishing, including extending the main factory building.
During the year 2001 plans were passed to extend the main building providing a new reception section and a larger process area. The construction work on the building was soon completed. The electricity supply was upgraded rewiring the whole factory. A new water supply was plumbed into the large overhead storage tank and distributed around the factory. Equipment had to be sourced in the UK and shipped out in order to establish adequate resources to process the milk.
If the dairy is to be a viable business it firstly needs a suitable manager. Someone who can build the business on the foundation that is now laid, improving productivity and maintaining a better supply to the market gained. Only a manager is capable of the decision making required daily to develop and sustain a business. It may be necessary to recruit a person from outside Tanzania , possibly Kenya to meet this pressing need.
People must be educated to the importance of using pasteurised milk and the danger of continuing to consume the untested and untreated milk. The Government Health Authorities need to work together with the dairy seeking to find ways to inform people about the laws which are there concerning milk and to try enforcing them. Work is required on increasing the milk supply to the dairy and building better relationships with the farmers and the traders who bring milk to the dairy.
A school milk program supplying free milk to P1 & P2 children is planned and ready to begin when the milk supply is available. 32 Primary schools are included in this project each school will receive milk for a month on this scheme. Giving free milk to the children will help their health and educate them about milk as the schools can use the milk as a teaching aid to the young children.
More collection stations should be established for collecting milk outside Tabora, this would strengthen the supply, also giving opportunity for more farmers to sell milk and gain a regular income. Milk collected in this way would arrive to the dairy in better condition allowing more holding time before processing.
An increase should be considered in the number of kiosks established for milk distribution in Tabora which would give people a permanent location to purchase milk in their area. These kiosks being owned and supervised by the dairy give more control over the condition of the product sold to the customer.
All these situations listed above will provide more employment to a community that are struggling to gain an opportunity to earn an income. Also more people will consume quality milk and milk products giving health and reducing illness.