Tetra Pak and Tetra Laval Food for Development have entered into a three-year technical assistance agreement with milk processors Agroal & Global Services Sh.p.k. (AGS) and Lufra Sh.p.k. (Lufra) to establish the first Dairy Hubs in Albania. The initiative focuses on developing a formal milk collection infrastructure and providing technical assistance to small dairy farmers. The goal is for the training provided to small farmers to help them increase their income. Through the specialists of Tetra Laval Food for Development’s Dary Hub team, technical assistance is provided to train milk collectors, farmers and stakeholders. All the milk produced is bought by dairy processors, thus providing a secure income for farmers and an opportunity to grow and develop their business.
The initiative affects more than 3,000 small farmers, supporting them with training through a well-structured network and ensuring that their milk will be purchased, with improved quality criteria. ” Lufra has invested in new refrigeration centers for milk collection and has hired additional staff and veterinarians to support farmers. Milk supply for processors is increasing and milk quality is improving. After 16 months, Lufra milk supply has increased by 41.6%, from 60 thousand liters to 85 thousand liters per day. ” – says Tetrapak.