Tanga Dairy Co-operative Union
12td-5921 Reorganise from milk collector into a service providing cooperative
The Tanga Dairies Co-operative Union (TDCU) is the umbrella organization for 15 Primary Co-operative Societies (PCS) with a total membership of more than 4,000 dairy farmers. The cooperative is responsible for the milk collection and payment to the farmers. Milk is delivered to Tanga Fresh. Tanga Fresh is a factory producing pasteurised milk, yoghurt and cheese which is sold in the region. Although TDCU is an example within Tanzania (the only large milk cooperative) their position is becoming weaker as the focus is only on milk collection while they should focus on providing services to the farmers. As they don't have the knowledge to pick this up, they should be assisted by Agriterra to make this reorganisation possible.
06td-4801 Improvement of Distribution System for Dairy Products
The Tanga Dairy Co-operative Union (TDCU is the umbrella organization for nine Primary Co-operative Societies with a total membership of 2352 dairy farmers in Tanga Region, N.E. Tanzania). The milk producers are smallholders, mainly situated in rural areas, keeping one to five dairy cattle. TDCU administrates the milk payments to the Primary Coop Societies. The milk money paid fortnightly by the Primary Co-operative Society is often the only secure household income. TDCU encourages their farmers to increase their milk production and further improve their income. TDCU therefore also supplies loans, cattle credit and cattle feed to their farmers and also operates a youngster programme to facilitate youth to start farming.