MILK production registered a slight increase in 2015 compared to the previous year, figures released by producers show.
In January last year 4,689 million litres of milk were produced compared to 4,586 million litres produced in the same period in 2014, a 2,24% increase.
In February 4,115 million litres were produced compared to 3,971 million litres in February 2014, representing a 3,62% increase. In March 4, 605 million litres of milk were produced compared to 4,510 million litres produced in March 2014, reflecting a 2,10% improvement. In April, milk production increased by a marginal 0,05% when compared to the same period the previous year with volumes during the month standing at 4,573 million litres compared to 4,571 million litres in 2014.
In May, 4,762 million litres of milk were produced compared to 4,604 million litres of milk produced during the same period the previous year, a 3,43% improvement. In June, milk production improved by 7,63%, compared to the same period last year with 4,859 million litres of milk produced during the month compared to 4,515 million litres of milk produced during the same period in 2014. July registered milk production of 4,894 million litres compared to 4,706 million litres produced in the same period in 2014, a 4% increase.
According to the production statistics, 5,066 million litres of milk were produced in August last year in comparison to 4,856 million litres during the same period in 2014, a 4,33% increase.
September registered production of 5,037 million litres of milk in comparison with 4,798 million litres produced in 2014 while October 2015 production figures stood at 5,038 million litres compared to 4, 888 million during the same period last year.
In November, 4,640 million litres of milk was produced in comparison to 4,605 million litres produced in November 2014 and December 2015 production figures stood at 5,245 million litres compared to 4,863 litres produced during the same period in 2014.
The total amount of milk produced in 2015 stood at 57,530 million compared to 55,479 million produced in 2014.
However, the association noted that the dairy industry continues to face challenges in resuscitating milk production and processing capacity. The major challenge includes high costs of production and lack of security which inflates the cost of accessing finance for growth, the association said late last year in response to questions sent by businessdigest.
Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union president Wonder Chabikwa has however warned that milk production could be affected by the prolonged dry spell that has hit the country.
“For those who rely on natural grass, it will mean an increase in production costs,” Chabikwa said
Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers chairman Emmanuel Zimbandu warned farmers to stock grass in preparation of the drought which is expected to be one of the worst experienced by the country.