Milk shortfall persists despite improved output

Rising hopes: Government has plans to boost the country’s dairy output PIC: GETTY IMAGES
Rising hopes: Government has plans to boost the country’s dairy output PIC: GETTY IMAGES

The country's dairy sector continues to face challenges, as local farmers increased milk production last year but fell further below the nation's requirements due to rising consumption levels, BusinessWeek has learnt.

Figures disclosed by Agriculture Minister Fidelis Molao in Parliament this week, reveal that local output constituted approximately 10% of national demand last year, a decline from the previous average of 12%.

Despite an improvement in milk production, with local farmers producing 5.9 million litres between April 2023 and December 2023 compared to 1.9 million litres in the same period in 2022, challenges persist.


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