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Journal of Food Technology Research

December 2014, Volume 1, 2, pp 122-132

Small-Scale Milk Processing, Utilization and Marketing of Traditional Dairy Products in Bahir Dar Zuria and Mecha Districts, Northwestern Ethiopia

Eyassu Seifu


Asaminew Tassew

Eyassu Seifu 1
Asaminew Tassew 2

  1. Department of Food Science and Technology, Botswana College of Agriculture, Gaborone, Botswana, Department of Animal Sciences, Haramaya University, Haramaya campus, Ethiopia 1

  2. Department of Animal Science, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia 2

Pages: 122-132

DOI: 10.18488/journal.58/2014.1.2/

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This study was conducted to assess processing, utilization and marketing of traditional dairy products produced in Bahir Dar Zuria and Mecha districts in Northwestern Ethiopia. A single-visit-multiple-subject formal survey was conducted to collect data. A total of 150 households (75 households from each district) were individually interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire. The major dairy products produced in the study area include butter, ghee, Ayib, Arera (defatted sour milk), Ergo (naturally fermented sour milk), Zure and Metata Ayib. Among these, two of the traditional dairy products, Zure and Metata Ayib, are unique to the area and have never been reported before. The respondents interviewed claim that these products are of high nutritional values and have therapeutic properties. Many aspects of Zure and Metata Ayib such as physico-chemical properties, microbiological and sensory qualities are unknown. Thus, detailed scientific investigation needs to be conducted in order to verify the claimed nutritional and medicinal properties of these products. 
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