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Zim’s milk output up 21% in first 5 months


Jun 19, 2024

By Stephen Chandisareva

HARARE – Milk production in Zimbabwe rose to 45.86 million litres in the first five months of 2024 from 38 million litres in the comparative period last year, latest figures show.

The southern African nation’s milk output is firing on all cylinders despite the impact of El Nino induced drought. This comes as there have been reduced feedstocks in the form of roughage (maize silage) and protein sources.

Statistics from the Agriculture Ministry’s Dairy Services Department show that the country’s milk intake by processors went up 21% to 42.11 million litres from 34.83 million litres recorded in the same period last year.

Similarly, retail milk production increased by 18% to 3.73 million litres compared to 3.17 million litres in the prior period.

The average milk output for the period under review stood at 9.16 million litres. In the first 5 months of 2023, it was 7.6 million litres.

May milk production was up 20.71% compared to the same month last year. May production totaled 9.49 million litres, up from 7.86 million litres in 2023.

At 9.49 million litres, this year’s May milk output was 5% higher compared to 9.04 million litres registered in April this year.

January milk output of 9.52 million litres is the highest so far.

Experts say dairy cows will do well in cold temperatures, provided they are dry and protected from wind and drafts.

The annual milk requirement stands at about 120 million litres and the country has been supplementing through imports.

Zimbabwe’s milk production rose nine percent to 99.82 million litres in 2023 from 91.39 million litres in 2022.

However, it was forecasted to reach 100 million litres, a 7.5% increase in milk output when compared with 2022, but slightly below the set target of 103 million litres for 2023.

By ETimes

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