Zimbabwe has recorded a 9 percent increase in milk production during the first quarter of 2018 with expectations that the country will be able to realise the projected 75 million litres of the milk output by December.

Statistics from the Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF) show that total milk production during the first three months of the year stood at 17 million litres compared to around 16 million litres recorded during the same period in 2017.

The surge in output has been attributed to the current efforts by dairy industry stakeholders to revive the sector.

ZADF national chairman Mr Emmanuel Zimbandu said the performance during the first quarter of the year is encouraging and expressed confidence that the country will be able to realise the projected 75 million litres of milk output by year end.

“The industry has in the past faced a number of challenges and we are happy that we are slowly emerging out of that bad period as evidenced by a commendable performance during the first quarter of the year. There was a nine percent surge in output to around 17 million litres,” said Mr Zimbandu.

Despite the surge in milk output during the period under review, ZADF says cost of producing milk in the country remains high compared to other regional countries.

The association says there is need to capacitate small holder farmers and adoption of cost containment measures.

Zimbabwe which in the 1990s produced around 260 million litres of milk is bullish of increasing the production level to around 400 million litres by 2020 through the implementation of a dairy sector revamping programme.