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Pilot project: increase of milk processing in the frames of the rural development programme - "Prosperous village"

The East Foundation specialises in the implementation of sustainable rural development programmes in East European countries. After consultations with local government authorities, non-governmental organisations active in the agricultural sector on a local and national scale, and the Moldovan Ministry of Agriculture, the initiators chose the region of Orhei (including the towns of Braviceni, Malaiesti and Cucuruzeni), one of the regions in Moldova with the greatest prospects in terms of the development of milk production and processing, as the location for the project’s implementation. The region used to have the largest output in terms of milk production used to be the largest in the entire former Soviet Union. Unfortunately, its agricultural infrastructure disintegrated almost completely during the period of systemic transformation. Loss of prospects for development led to economic migration on a substantial scale and contributed to systematic depopulation of the region’s rural communities, the disintegration of families, an increase in alcoholism and the deprivation of minors and the elderly of essential care.

The project had the objective of increasing milk procurement and processing. It envisaged support for “Bravi-Lacta,” a local dairy serving the dairy cooperatives of the Orhei and Rezina regions. Three local dairy cooperatives (Vita-Lact/Ignatei, Pasra Alba/Braviceni and Furaj-Lact/Braviceni) comprise over 1,000 milk-producing farmers. Milk production constitutes the primary source of income for farmers in the villages of: Braviceni, Malaiesti, Cucuruzeni, Ignatei, Samaskani, Meseni, Olescani, Fuzovca, Gordinesti, Pereni, Pripeceni, Scorteni, Raspopeni, Peciste, Tintareni and Chistelnita.

The key problem to be solved was that of an excessive supply of milk in the spring and summer months (from May to August) and a major shortage in the autumn and winter months (from October to March). It was conceived that the implementation of a project involving the renovation and retrofitting of a part of the existing Braviceni dairy plant for the purposes of a cold store that would allow for the purchase of milk in the summer, its processing, freezing (about 40 tonnes of curds) and subsequent use during shortages in the winter months.

Pilot project: increase of milk processing in the frames of the rural development programme - "Prosperous village"

The project involved the renovation and retrofitting of a part of the existing Braviceni dairy plant for the purposes of a cold store that would allow local farmers to sell virtually all of their summer milk surpluses while allowing the dairy to maintain continuous production deliveries to commercial clients during the autumn and winter months. The provision of additional butter, cream and milk packaging as well as processed cheese-making machinery and equipment allowed the dairy to increase sales of the aforementioned dairy products. By thus expanding its product range and increasing its sales, the dairy increased its milk procurement volumes and provided the dairy cooperative members (about 1,000 agricultural households) and dairy employees (approximately 30 people) with additional income. The procurement of a refrigerator truck enabled the dairy to sell its final products through direct deliveries to retail chains.

Pilot project: increase of milk processing in the frames of the rural development programme - "Prosperous village"

The implementation of the project allowed for:

- the transfer of Polish experience in the field of EU standards and requirements in relation to milk processing and the transformation of dairy sector production plants;

- the renovation and retrofitting of a part of the existing dairy building for the purposes of establishing a cold storage and freezing facility;

- the expansion of the dairy’s production range (portioned butter, bottled milk, cream and processed cheese), which resulted from equipping the dairy with butter-, cream- and milk-packaging and processed cheese-production machinery and equipment;

- the training of dairy employees in terms of the operation of the new machinery and equipment;

- the dairy to increase its capacity to procure surplus milk during the summer months, with the direct impact of increasing the incomes of milk-producing farmers and their families;

- the creation of an additional 16 jobs related to the diary’s purchase, transport and processing of milk;

- the expansion of dairy product distribution to retail chains as a direct result of the purchase of a refrigerated lorry.