NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s milk production in 2017 declined
by 30 percent to 3.64 billion liters due to prolonged
drought, the industry regulator said on Friday.
Kibogy, managing director of Kenya Dairy Board (KDB),
attributed the fluctuating production to the dairy
sector’s dependence on rainfall.
“In order to
cushion the country from declining milk production, the
government is encouraging farmers to preserve pasture
for use during the dry season,” Kibogy told Xinhua on
the sidelines of the launch of KDB’s Strategic Plan
strategic plan will provide a coordinated and systematic
approach in addressing the many underlying challenges
caused by seasonality in milk production.
that the majority of milk produced from cattle, camels
and goats is consumed by farmers or sold informally.
that in 2017 only 535.7 million liters of milk was
processed by the 28 licensed milk processors and
mini-dairies, down from 648.2 million liters in the
that most milk processors are operating at an average
capacity of 40 percent against the optimum level of 60
the milk regulator, the country’s 1.8 million
small-scale dairy farmers produce an average of seven to
nine liters per cow per day, against a potential of 20
that the country’s milk demand has been growing annually
due to rising income as well as urbanization.
KDB also indicates that Kenya exported a total of 3
million kg of milk in 2017, up from 2 million kg in the