Business Desk : A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Wednesday between CARE Bangladesh and PRAN Dairy Limited to strengthen access to market opportunities for rural dairy producers. Md Muniruzzaman, Executive Director of PRAN Dairy, and Zia Choudhury, Country Director of CARE Bangladesh, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective sides, said a press release. The MoU signing event was held in Mohakhali here, a CARE press release said. The event was attended by senior officials from CARE and PRAN Dairy Limited. The SDC-SHOMOSHTI project is funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and CARE is supporting 180,000 rural households following M4P approach under this project. The project currently focuses on the systemic changes of local market systems in creating responsive local provision for technical and business services. Under this partnership, a total of 1,500 farmers are initially targeted and engaged into formal milk collection system under Natore Sadar and Baraigram upazilas of Rajshahi region. Producers from disadvantaged communities and female producers in particular will have increased access to quality inputs and improved livestock extension services by the formal dairy processors for inclusive dairy development. Strengthened linkages for dairy producers to formal milk collection system established by the national level milk processing companies will greatly benefit poor and extreme poor people in the north. CARE's SHOMOSHTI project will monitor the implementation of the activities to facilitate inclusive market system.
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