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Massive Chance for Local Dairy ­Farmers to Increase Production

04 December 2019

JAMAICA - The local dairy industry is being prepped to ride the crest of a growing demand for fresh milk by developing countries, with a projected 22 per cent increase in global milk ­production by 2027.

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations has also taken note that rising ­affluence and urbanisation are translating into increased demand for livestock products, particularly in these countries.

According to Dermon Spence, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, the data suggests that since the early 1970s, aggregate consumption of milk, led by developing countries, has grown significantly from 34 to 47 percent of world consumption patterns in China and South East Asia.

"This increase in demand has impacted the world price of milk, making it more attractive for our local farmers and local ­producers as the price of skimmed milk on the international market has equalled that of local fresh milk. What this means is that there are massive opportunities for our farmers to increase local production," Mr Spence told Monday’s launch of a two-week workshop on Livestock Breeding Strategies and Selection Principles.

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Source: Jamaica Gleaner

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