The dairy industry is set to localise the Dairy Declaration signed last November in Rotterdam, Netherlands to signify importance of the sector in boosting food security and ensuring sustainable production.

The Dairy Declaration symbolises collaboration between the dairy sector and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and will be localized on the 1st of June when local parties commit to ensure safe and sustainable product supply.

Chief Dairy Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Mrs Tendayi Marecha said the signing set for the 1st of June will coincide with World Milk Day commemorations and is significant in that dairy has become a key source of food security and economic activity.

The Dairy Declaration is an international initiative agreed by the International Dairy Federation and FAO at the World Dairy Summit in November last year.

Dairy accounts for 14 percent of global agriculture trade valued at US$326 billion.

Locally, the dairy industry boasts of a 29 000 herd, producing 61 million litres per year and creating over 2500 jobs.