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Drought Threatens Namibia’s Dairy Industry

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

 

“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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