Milk buyers who do not pay dairy farmers may just quickly be blacklisted in step with Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB).

Solange Uwituze, Deputy Director General in control of Animal Resources Research and Technology Transfer at RAB advised The New Times that the listing of defaulters is being ready and may just quickly be printed for blacklisting.

“We are still waiting for submissions of the lists from some districts,” she mentioned.

The transfer, she famous, goals to increase milk production by means of addressing boundaries which can be derailing farmers’ efforts.

However, recently, livestock keepers’ efforts to extend manufacturing have been discouraged by means of milk buyers who’re defaulting them.

Uwituze mentioned that RAB will paintings with Rwanda Cooperative Agency to blacklist the defaulters via their respective banks.

In Kayonza district on my own, livestock keepers have defaulted about Rwf50 million.

As a consequence, this results in the informal selling of milk that brings a few distinction of greater than 55,000 litres day by day but the six maximum generating sectors of Kayonza district produce greater than 75,000 litres of milk in keeping with day

Stephen Sebudandi, the President of Kayonza Dairy Farmers Union advised The New Times that to this point about 15 instances of defaulting were recorded in Kayonza district.

“It has become like a culture. After defaulting, the milk traders relocate to other districts such as Nyagatare, Burera, Gicumbi, Gatsibo among others. After arriving there, they pay cattle keepers for the first two or three months and then start defaulting before disappearing. It seems like an organized way of swindling from dairy farmers,” he mentioned.

He mentioned the instances are taking place in spaces the place some dairy farmers have no market from giant buyers akin to Inyange industries.

“These defaulters join dairy farmers pledging solutions to buy their milk, especially in areas where feeder roads are not yet good. Now some defaulters have escaped from the country,” he mentioned.

Setback for dairy farmers’ cooperatives

Sebudandi mentioned some dairy farmers’ cooperatives are not working in consequence.

“Some dairy farmers’ cooperatives were discouraged. For instance, out of five cooperatives near Akagera park, only two are operating,” he mentioned.

He mentioned despite the fact that the federal government is thinking about blacklisting defaulters via banks, there are answers that are supposed to first be regarded as.

“There will have to be in a position attorneys who can shield dairy farmers’ cooperatives each time they face such issues. In this situation, the defaulters’ property can also be confiscated previous ahead of they get away.

This is as a result of when it delays, they disguise their property via registering them to folks’s names in addition to developing new firms beneath which they proceed doing their companies,” he defined.

He added that there’s a wish to empower cooperatives’ management by means of appointing leaders with monetary and legislation literacy.

“The cooperatives’ leaders also need motivation in terms of monthly salary that can come from the cooperative’s treasury,” he mentioned.

Gahiga Gashumba, the outgoing President of Nyagatare Dairy Farmers’ union reiterated that the problem was once critical including that it must be regarded as.

“Since 2018, we have been pursuing some milk traders who defaulted on milk in different districts such as Nyabihu, Kayonza and Gicumbi when I was leading the dairy farmers’ federation at the national level. Currently, In Nyagatare district, most of the farmers are not facing the issue after securing a market from Inyange industries,” he mentioned.

Gad Tegeri Gahiya, the President of Nyabihu Dairy Farmers’ union advised The New Times that no less than Rwf31 million was once defaulted from dairy farmers since 2015.

“By next week we will know if there are new defaults,” he mentioned.