Zim’s raw milk production declines to 57.08mln litres in first 9 months

Falton Zveushe

ZIMBABWE’S raw milk production in the first nine months to September declined 4 percent to 57.08 million liters compared to 59.31 million liters in the same period last year, latest data shows.

According to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture’s dairy services department, milk intake by processors went down 4 percent to 51.67 million liters from 53.97 million liters during the same period in 2019. Retailed milk rose one percent to 5.4 million liters from 5.34 million liters last year.

The southern Africa nation’s monthly milk requirement stands at 10 million litres. In September this year, raw milk production fell by 4% to 6.55 million litres from 6.8 million litres in the same month last year.

January output at 6.83 million litres is the highest so far followed by September output at 6.55 million litres. However, April output is ranked the lowest at 6.01 million litres – largely attributed to water shortages.

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