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Kenya Loses About 95 Million Litres Of Milk Annually Through Wastage

08 August 2007

KENYA - Kenya is losing 95 million litres of milk worth approximately $15 million annually mainly due to poor handling and hygiene, a government official has said.

Edwin Okila, African Breeder Service Programme Coordinator, attributed this loss to wastage in production, rejection by processors due to bacteria and high cost of inputs.

“Poor feeding of milk producing cattle due to limited pasture is also curtailing production”, he said.

Speaking in Nairobi on Tuesday, he asked the Kenya Dairy Board to put in place measures that will require farmers to practice high hygienic standards when handling milk.

The volume of processed milk in the country now stands at one million litres a day, while the country has the capacity to process over 3.9 billion litres a day.

Okila also said the high cost of milk production in Kenya could make the local product less competitive in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa).

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Source: Afrique en ligne


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