Community Training on Improving Traditional Milk Processing in Sugd Province, Tajikistan
Hilali, Muhi El-Dine
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In Sugd Province, Tajikistan, most sheep and goats are kept in small flocks on household farms. Sheep and goats generally go to summer pastures for the summer, returning to village pastures for the winter period. In some cases where the owners cannot afford the costs of shepherding, animals are kept on overgrazed village pastures all year round. There are no decentralized milk collection and cooling facilities. The adoption of dairy technologies and hygiene procedures at small scale is essential to improve the production, marketing, and income of the pastoralists. Building on local knowledge is essential to improve local product and to inject suitable simple technologies.