Dairy revitalisation programme bears fruits

By ZBC Reporter

Government’s Dairy Revitalision Programme bears fruits as dairy farmers commit to boosting the national milk production. 

Marondera-based Mafuro Dairy Farm project has managed to boost its milk production through enabling government policy framework and a loan facility availed by the AFC Land and Development Bank. This emerged during a field day held at the farm this Friday.

Sean Webster, a farmer, said, “We have the land. We have the support from the government for anyone wanting to start farming. I am product of that. The ministry of agriculture and all its departments are there to help any new dairy farmers interested in dairy farming. We have demand and our supply market for milk is around for the next 10 years.”

“The Presidential Silage Input Scheme for the small-scale dairy farmers and the Command Silage schemes targeted at the production of on-farm feeds is a cost-effective way will help reduce the cost of stock feeds. Having such programmes will help us produce milk at reduced costs, thus making dairy farming viable,” noted Ernest Muzorewa, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers.

Guest of Honour at the event, Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Honourable Vangelis Haritatos highlighted that the dairy industry remains a top priority for government.

“The government is very keen on the dairy sector and has therefore continued to allocate resources and other forms of support to the dairy sector. The participation of all classes of dairy farmers from small scale to large scale supports the attainment of Vision 2030 through facilitating growth of the dairy sector by strengthening the Dairy Revitalision Programme,” he said.

Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister for Mashonaland East, Cde Apollonia Munzverengwi echoed the sentiments of Honourable Haritatos.   

“The dairy models in our province like the one demonstrated here at mature are evidence that if appropriate support is rendered, dairy farmers can produce the anticipated high volumes of raw milk required to cover the gap between the national demand and the current supply.”

Mafuro Farm is currently producing 372 000 litres of milk a month with plans to launch phase three of the dairy project in Kwekwe with a target to produce additional 540 000 litres.  It is one of the top 10 producers of milk in the country.