Improved milk production performance of smallholder farms in West Java (Indonesia)
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In Indonesia, because of the rapidly growing demand for dairy products, the development of milk production in rural communities can play a strong role in reducing poverty. However, the development of smallholder dairy production requires adequate support from the government, development organizations, and private firms. To assess the needs and situations of poor dairy farmers, we conducted a study in Ciater sub-district in West Java Province to compare the current situation with the situation that prevailed 4 years ago, i.e., before the implementation of a dairy development project. Data were collected from 61 farms in June 2014. The average number of cows on the farms surveyed was three to four, and each relied on cultivating an average of 0.4 ha of forage. Results showed that thanks to the project activities, milk productivity per cow and net income from milk production increased by 25 % between 2010 and 2014. These results underline the importance of providing training and technical support for the development of the livelihoods of dairy smallholders.
KeywordsMilk production Dairy development Smallholder farmers Indonesia
The authors gratefully acknowledge Danone Ecosysteme who funded this study, together with CIRAD and the Directorate General of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture in Indonesia. We are also thankful to Sahabat Cipta Foundation, the KPSBU cooperative, and local communities and producers for their cooperation during the field survey.
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