Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dairy Processing in Nicaragua

Farmer to Farmer volunteers Geoff Benson and John Rushing pose with the owners and some employees of the Lacteos Nicarao Cooperativa in Rivas. At this processing facility they make traditional cheeses from local milk.
Farmer to Farmer volunteers, Geoff Benson and John Rushing traveled to Nicaragua in August to provide support to the dairy industry. Often times FTF volunteers have complimentary skills and qualifications so they travel in teams and work together. In this case, Geoff Benson, an agricultural economist and marketing specialist and John Rushing, a food safety specialist, were able to provide assistance to dairy cooperatives and processing plants in an integrated approach. Inevitably, the limitations of the processing equipment and the product quality effects a businesses ability to enter markets and increase sales. Dr. Benson and Dr. Rushing provided recommendations and gave trainings in business planning, marketing techniques, food processing and food safety.


Cheese Processing

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