Many residents like buying milk from their fellow residents instead of factory processed milk which is expensive.
Although Nyabisindu factory in Nyanza process good milk, people that use Kigali-Huye road confess that they prefer milk sold in jerry cans because it’s cheap.
There are many people at Butare-Kigali road selling milk especially in five litre cans in Nyanza town. One of the common points is Mugandamure stage.
Passenger vehicles from Burundi, Butare and other destinations park at these points to buy milk at any time of the day.
Besides some people that stand on the road with cans of milk, some milk outlets like Hadji’s milk are visited by many passengers for fresh milk and roasted meat.
Asumani Ahishakiye who travels this road explains: “Can you buy inyange or Nyabisisndu milk when there is natural milk at a cheap price? A five litre cans of milk is Rwf1500 while a small packet of factory milk is Rwf35.”
Hadji Saidi Hakuzimana, milk seller, reveals that buying factory processed milk is expensive and it has no big clientele. That is why we opt for natural milk that our customers ask for.
Erneste Kayiranga, Human resource manager at Nyabisindu milk factory contradict with the buyers saying
“Our milk is not expensive. We sell a packet at Rwf350 because we have to get money for packaging, processing and many others.”
Another reason many people do not buy Nyabisindu milk is that, cattle keepers choose to sell it at cheap price to diary owners, Kayiranga explains.
Although Rwanda Bereau of Standards prohibited containers of milk for some limited hygiene, residents say that factories charge highly without thinking about poor residents.
Nyabisindu milk factory was started in 1937 by Ministry of Agriculture but now managed by Ministry of Defence. It makes Nyabisindu milk and yoghurt 3000-4000 packets daily.
Apart from Nyabisindu factory that existed before 1994 Tutsi genocide, other milk factories like Inyange has emerged.