|Milk production up 7pc|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:21|
Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development chief dairy officer Mrs Tendai Marecha said milk production rose from 47 million litres in 2010 to 50,6 million last year.
“Milk production rose from 47 million litres in 2010 to 50,6 million last year and this is commendable.”
Milk production plummeted over the past decade to one million litres per month due to high production costs caused by hyperinflation as sanctions weighed down the economy.
Mrs Marecha said the local dairy industry continued to face challenges in its quest to revamp milk production and processing capacity.
“Milk production and agriculture in general is now on the recovery path.
Meanwhile, NADF chairperson Ms Veneka Bwerinofa bemoaned high production costs.
“This has a negative impact on milk output.
Currently, there are 223 registered dairy operators in the country and an estimated dairy herd of about 26 000 animals.