He testifies: “This mission raised many questions that had not yet been considered by farmers and SMSA’s leaders.
Beyond the organization of the collection center and the choices to be made regarding collection methods, …, the SMSA must also consider its support system for the development of dairy production. Let me explain: in 2019, 5 farmers received 10 dairy camels each, benefited from training for dairy herd management, milking, etc. What will be done in 2020, taking, as well, into account the fact that these camels will only produce again in 2021 …? Moreover, in the absence of a running collection center, these farmers had to put together, from 2019 onwards, to sell the milk they produced. While building the collection service, the SMSA must therefore be careful about the advantages to provide, over pre-existing marketing channels, and secure the viability of the collection center, particularly financially.
These are just some of the issues raised during the mission. SMSA must now develop its business plan, reflect on its support plan, monitor the work of the collection center, ensure good partnership conditions with the CRDA regarding the provision of the center, define specifications for the milk collected, prepare to negotiate its markets … Given these important needs and challenges, Fert, in partnership with DEFIS, will most probably continue to support them.
Obviously, there is a lot to prepare, but there are many positive elements: on one side the 5 farmers are ready to continue dairy production, SMSA will identify other farmers (and it seems that there are already some interested farmers), and on the other side, there are actors – milk processors and traders – ready to commit themselves to market camel milk because consumer demand on the market is higher than the existing supply.”