Raw milk production seen surpassing 55,4 million litres

Raw milk production seen surpassing 55,4 million litres
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For the 11 month period, raw milk production increased 3,30 percent to 52,28 million litres compared to 50,61 million same period last year.

ZIMBABWE’S annual raw milk production is seen surpassing last year’s level of 55,48 million litres largely on the growth of various dairy heifer schemes which are now contributing significantly to the national output.

Figures released by the Dairy Services Department in the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development for the 11 months to November 2015 show improved production compared to prior year.

For the 11 month period, raw milk production increased 3,30 percent to 52,28 million litres compared to 50,61 million same period last year.

Monthly production from August has averaged 5 million litres compared to same period last year’s average of 4,5 million litres. The increase is largely attributable to increased feed supply during the period and contribution from dairy heifer schemes.

Milk and dairy products producers have over the past two years been running dairy heifer importation schemes to boost milk production. These include Dairibord Zimbabwe Limited, Nestle Zimbabwe, Dendairy, Alpha and Omega among others.

The Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF) estimates the country’s raw milk production this year to rise by between 0, 5 to 1 percent as the country moves to rebuild its herd and increase capacity.

According to the figures, raw milk intake rose 1,48 percent to 45,84 mln litres from 45,17 million litres in prior year.  Retailed milk also increased 18,38 percent to 6,44 million litres compared to 5,44 million litres same period in 2014.

The dairy industry is currently operating at 45 percent capacity with an estimated 223 registered dairy operators and a total dairy herd of about 26 000 animals. FinX

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