Samson Akankiza Mpiira has been appointed Director Technical Services of Dairy Development Authority (DDA).
He will be deputizing the newly appointed executive director, Dr. Michael Kansiime.
Kansiime recently replaced Dr Jolly Zaribwende after the latter’s contract expired.
Mpiira works with the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) as Coffee Sustainability Manager.
DDA is an autonomous government agency under the agriculture, animal industry and fisheries ministry that is charged with advising government on policies that can help development, promotion and regulation of the dairy industry.
The new team comes at a time the dairy sector in the country is facing serious challenges pertaining to the fluctuation of milk prices to as low as Shs.300 a litre.
This situation has greatly angered farmers.
President Museveni, who recently attributed the fall in agricultural produce to the forces of demand and supply on the international market, told dairy farmers that as the domestic consumption market is small, producers must churn out quality products in order to target the international market which we must access with quality products.
Milk has a big market of US$480 billion annually.
Milk producers have previously requested government to avail them affordable loans to start their own cooperatives and build own processing plants in order to preserve milk and access international markets.
Mpiira also served as the National Programme Coordinator for the Euro 35 million EAC Market Access Upgrade (MARKUP) initiative funded by the EU as part of the 11th European Development Fund.
It is a four year Programme implemented by 5 EAC partner states with overall supervision of the EAC Secretariat.
He received his first degree in Food Science and Technology from Makerere University and later a post graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute, a Master of Business Administration in International Business from Amity University Uttar Pradesh- India and a Master of Science in Applied Human Nutrition Makerere University.
He is an accomplished International Business Expert, Project Management Specialist, Food Science and Technologist with both private and public service experience.
He is not new to the Uganda dairy sector as he started his career in early 2000s at Dairy Corporation Limited at Dairy Manager for Milk collection centers in Bushenyi, Sheema, Ntungamo and Mbarara districts responsible for the management of all the quality assurance activities, quality control and monitoring activities of milk in the field.
He joined Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) as a Research Technician – Dairy Technology Department and later joined Techno Serve Inc/ East African Dairy Development Project (EADD) as Project Senior Business Advisor – Dairy Producer Business Organizations.
Mpiira was instrumental in the formulation of the coffee 2020 roadmap which was born out of the Presidential directive to accelerate coffee production from 3 million to 20 million bags by 2025 that he launched on 13 April 2017 consisting of 9 initiatives to catalyze the transformation of coffee sector.