The Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF) says despite facing various hurdles the industry is on course to recovery.

Zimbabwe’s dairy sector is one critical sectors of the agriculture industry but requires massive capacitation in order to plug the annual national milk supply deficit of 60 million litres. 

ZADF Chairman, Mr Kudzai Chirima said Zimbabwe is currently importing from South Africa and various methods are being implemented to revive the industry.

“We are starting the process of importing embryos in order to boost the national herd. The small scale dairy farmers lack proper skills, hence the need to train them so that they produce quality milk,” he said.

Zimbabwe’s dairy herd of 100 000 cows at one point would produced more than 260 million litres of milk annually but production declined over the years with an estimated 25000 dairy cows left. 

Mr Chirima however thanked the government for establishing a national feeds manufacturing plant in Norton that is proving useful in providing quality feeds for the cows and the introduction of the command livestock programme which will feed into growing the national herd and ultimately milk production.