Zambian government to invest in small-scale dairy equipment

 

The Zambian government plans to invest more than K3bn ($579,576) in buying equipment for small-scale dairy farmers across the country through their respective cooperatives and milk collection centres.

Benson Mwenya, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock director in charge of livestock, said only about 15% of the country’s dairy potential was tapped leaving room for increased investment and expansion of the sector, which will include establishing more milk collection centres.
Mwneya pointed out that Zambian milk has remained uncompetitive on the regional market in terms of pricing because of the high cost of feed, which accounts for more than 50% of the total production cost. “The milk is, however, more competitive in terms of quality because of its low bacterial count.” – Times of Zambia