Drought threatens Namibia’s dairy industry

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Beef cattle on a Namibian farm. Severe drought has ravaged the country's herding sector. (Photo by: Edwin Remsburg/VW Pics via Getty Images)
Beef cattle on a Namibian farm. Severe drought has ravaged the country’s herding sector. (Photo by: Edwin Remsburg/VW Pics via Getty Images)

Namibia’s ongoing drought has put the dairy industry under threat, with an official revealing Wednesday that milk production in the country had declined by more than six percent.

According to the Managing Director of Namibia Dairies Gunther Ling, fodder shortages leading to unsustainable feed prices threaten the existence of Namibia’s dairy industry.

“The decline in milk production is due to poor rainfall received this year, which resulted in unfavorable grazing conditions and reduced availability of animal feed. Raw milk production is significantly reduced, while cream supply is also under pressure,” he said.

Namibia dairies currently produce raw milk from 14 dairy farms.

He said the recurring drought of the past few years has resulted in four producers leaving the industry.

Statistics show the total market size for fresh and UHT milk and yogurt is 38 million liters per year, of which 62 percent is imported.

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