The dairy revitalisation programme being implemented by the government has seen an increase in milk production in the country, a development that is set to reduce levels of milk importation in the country.
This was said by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture Responsible for Livestock, Cde Paddy Zhanda, when he visited the Midlands Province to ascertain how dairy farmers are faring after receiving dairy heifers under government’s revitilisation programme to boost the country’s milk production which had dropped significantly owing to a number of reasons.
Cde Zhanda expressed satisfaction with the improvement in milk production in the province and the country as a whole following a significant increase of milk production from 40 million litres a year to more than 65 five million litres.
Although the country still has a huge deficit on milk production, the government is in the process of embarking on phase two of the dairy revitalisation programme, which will see the government importing sexed semen as a way of increasing heifers for dairy farmers.
Sexed semen has a greater chance of producing heifer and increasing milk production as well as national herd.
Despite registering a significant growth, the sector is still struggling to meet the country’s milk demand of 120 million litres per year.
It is however, government’s objective through its dairy revitalisation initiative to increase the country’s milk production to 100 million litres per year.