Dairy Producers Bullish on Future Prospects

ZIMBABWE - Dairy farmers plan to double milk production, eliminate imports and focus on being net exporters, a development that will boost the country’s foreign currency earnings.
calendar icon 9 September 2019
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Zimbabwe currently produces about 60 percent of the country’s annual milk demand of 120 million litres.

Imports cover the remaining 40 percent.

Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF) chairperson Kudzai Chirima told The Sunday Mail Business that part of the dairy producers’ five-year strategy to 2022 is to make Zimbabwe a net exporter of dairy products again and reduce foreign currency expenditure.

“As ZADF, we have a five-year strategic plan, which seeks to double national milk production at the right price and quality by year 2022. The dairy sector is doing relatively well, despite the prevailing economic challenges,” said Mr Chirima in e-mailed responses.

“Zimbabwe is currently producing slightly above 60 percent of the national annual milk demand, so there are opportunities for growth.

“Although the excess demand is satisfied through imports, this strategy will reduce the need for foreign currency expenditure by year 2022, and it will position the industry to become a net exporter of dairy products once again,” he said.

Already, the country is making significant strides towards improving production, with figures showing steady growth in milk production.

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Source: The Sunday Mail

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