The Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Manicaland Regional President, Charles Tavazadza, said the number of milk Ã¢â‚¬Â¨producers in the province was down from 33 farmers to 11.
“The sharp drop isÃ¢â‚¬Â¨due to a lack of money to keep the farms Ã¢â‚¬Â¨running and a lack of training in current dairy operations and Ã¢â‚¬Â¨management,” he said. “It is likely that there will be a milk shortage in the near future. The Ã¢â‚¬Â¨reduced supply will lead to the probable closure of the Mutare Dairy Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Depot, a key first customer for both commercial and small-scale dairy Ã¢â‚¬Â¨farmers in the province.”
The closure of the depot was confirmed by an employee at theÃ¢â‚¬Â¨firm: “The milk volume the depot receives has drastically Ã¢â‚¬Â¨fallen to levels too low to sustain operations”.
Efforts to get an official comment from Dairiboard management at Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Mutare Dairy Depot were unsuccessful.
Kenneth Masere, a newly resettled farmer, said as a small-scale dairy farmer Ã¢â‚¬Â¨based in Watsomba, he was findingÃ¢â‚¬Â¨it difficult to survive without the necessary Ã¢â‚¬Â¨technological know how. “Yes, I have the farm to do dairy farming but I am failing to get Ã¢â‚¬Â¨technological assistance and capital that is essential for full Ã¢â‚¬Â¨production,” he said.
Masere said running a dairy project was costly for upcoming farmers.Post published in: News