Dairy producers' situation critical

In a bid to ensure continued dairy production in the country, Namibia Dairies has raised its producer price by 10 cents.

31 October 2018 | Agriculture

To temporarily address the critical situation facing local dairy producers, especially in view of the recent increase in feed and fuel costs, Namibia Dairies has raised producer prices by 10 cents.

According to the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU), the situation at Namibia Dairies is also critical.

The management of the Dairy Producers' Association (DPA) gathered last week in Windhoek to look at matters important to the dairy industry in Namibia.

The NAU says that the economic conditions for dairy producers are still under pressure and the adoption of legislation regulating dairy imports in Namibia is therefore greatly anticipated.

“There are only a handful of dairy producers in Namibia and increasingly the dairy component of their industries is reduced, and in some cases, totally discontinued. This situation makes it unattractive for new producers to enter the industry.”

Thus producer prices have been raised by 10 cents.

Namibia Dairies also shared new innovative thinking with management to provide better and newer products to consumers at the best prices.

During the meeting, a representative from Feedmaster indicated that if enough rain was received in the maize producing areas in South Africa, the prospect is that their feed prices will move sideways until February 2019.

An industrial meeting took place yesterday in Windhoek to look at results of a study conducted on UHT, fresh milk and yoghurt's market share in Namibia.



ELLANIE SMIT

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