Milking an opportunity in Mali
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CTA. 2000. Milking an opportunity in Mali. Spore 88. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Locally produced fresh camel milk and sweetened yoghurt are now on sale in Timbuctu, Mali. A group of Touareg families have formed the Salamett Albadan association and run a herd of camels exclusively dedicated to milk production. The project...
Locally produced fresh camel milk and sweetened yoghurt are now on sale in Timbuctu, Mali. A group of Touareg families have formed the Salamett Albadan association and run a herd of camels exclusively dedicated to milk production. The project started in 1998 with an investment of FCFA 2 million (E 3048), ten milking camels and ten calves. Every morning the animals are led to their pasture several kilometers outside the town, and they are milked when they are brought back in. Daily herd yields average 15 litres. There are two distributors who deliver 14 litres of fresh milk (at FCFA 500 - E 0.76- a litre) and 15 litres of yoghurt to customers homes. They have recently started to sell cow s milk from a neighbouring cooperative, which is pasteurised in the Salamett Albadan plant. The enterprise is performing well, and is expanding: it employs four people and generates a net monthly profit of FCFA 165,000 (E 252). It has invested in a second herd and has plans to start a second pasteurising unit. More improvements will be necessary though, in particular in raising milk yields (one herd of ten animals should be able to produce 50 litres per day), and monitoring microbiological quality. Timbuctu project C/o Vétérinaires Sans Frontières BP 3066, Bamako, Mali Fax: +223 22 84 55 Website: http://www.vsf-france.org/