Milk handling practices and utilization at dairy farms and collection centers under rural and peri-urban milk value chain systems in Nakuru county, Kenya

Milk handling practices and utilization at dairy farms and collection centers under rural and peri-urban milk value chain systems in Nakuru county, Kenya

Author: 
Ndungi, Faith
Publisher: 
Rural Outreach Programme (ROP)
Date published: 
2021
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Muliro, P, jt. author
Faraj, A, jt. author
Matofari, J, jt. author
Journal Title: 
African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development
Source: 
African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, Vol 21, No. 4, May 2021, pp. 17815-17833
Abstract: 

There are increasing expectations on the compliance of food products to safety and quality standards due to consumer demand for high-quality food. The aim of this study was to determine the quality tests that are carried out on raw milk and its utilization at three milk collection centers in Olenguruone and Dundori regions of Nakuru as well as some selected dairy farms. Using a semi-structured questionnaire, data were collected from milk collection centers' staff and farmers. Milk sampling for quality control testing was done at both the cooperative delivery points and farm level. The quality of milk handled and stored in different containers was assessed. Descriptive statistics, Chi-square and logistic regression analysis were carried out on the data. Results indicated that the average quantity of milk received at all milk collection centers was about 3687 liters per day. It was noted that most of the milk collection centers' staff (operators) had certificates or diplomas in dairy science. Their average job experience period in the milk sector was 7 years. Majority of the farmers (90%) and transporters (94%) used plastic containers for milk handling and storage. Farmers who used plastic containers for milking were approximately three times more likely to have their milk rejected compared to those who used mazzi cans, aluminium or stainless-steel containers (p

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CITATION: Ndungi, Faith. Milk handling practices and utilization at dairy farms and collection centers under rural and peri-urban milk value chain systems in Nakuru county, Kenya . : Rural Outreach Programme (ROP) , 2021. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, Vol 21, No. 4, May 2021, pp. 17815-17833 - Available at: http://library.au.int/milk-handling-practices-and-utilization-dairy-farms-and-collection-centers-under-rural-and-peri