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Buffalo dairy farm model in Luangprabang, Lao PDR

Regional research “Agricultural innovations review in Sub-Mekong region countries” in the framework of the project “Network for Agriculture and Rural Development Think-tanks for Countries in Mekong sub-region” – November 2022 - April 2023.

The buffalo dairy farm is situated in Muangkhay village, approximately 25 kilometers from Luangprabang's city center. Its establishment dates back to 2016, and it presently provides employment for 30 full-time staff members. The Buffalo dairy farm is a great example of a farm that thinks creatively and outside of the box when it comes to introducing new products.

Consuming cow dairy products is common, while buffalo dairy products are less known and less consumed. The idea for this farm came about a decade ago when three Australians: Susie, Steven, and Rachel, visited Luangprabang and realized that it was difficult to find high-quality cheese in the city. They noticed the abundance of buffalos in the rural area of Luangprabang and were inspired to create their own cheese using buffalo milk.

The Buffalo dairy farm produces a diverse range of products that are made using buffalo milk. After numerous attempts, they discovered a recipe for mozzarella cheese using buffalo milk. In addition to mozzarella cheese, the farm uses buffalo milk as the primary ingredient in creating other products such as ice cream, yogurt, and cheesecake. These products are popular with both domestic and foreign tourists who visit the farm.

The buffalo dairy farm has made several contributions to the development of the rural community in multiple ways. Villagers have found a new source of income by renting their buffalo and land to the dairy farm, earning approximately 40,000 per annum. The farm also provides employment opportunities to community members, allowing them to earn income and gain skills in areas such as animal husbandry, veterinary care, and milking process.

The sustainable development of the agricultural sector requires the contribution of many farms and businesses that are socially and environmentally responsible. Surely, the buffalo dairy farm in Luangprabang is one of those.

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