Consumption of milk drops due to COVID-19

Written By: Allan Aoko

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Monthly milk consumption in the country has declined from 63 million litres in January to 42 million litres in July in what the Kenya Dairy Board attributes to reduced orders from institutions and households due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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This comes as Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya unveils plans to expand risk management programs to smallholder farmers in order to make them resilient.

According to the Kenya Dairy Board, before COVID-19, Productivity per cow per day already remained low at 7 to 9 litres per day mainly due to poor feeding, among other poor animal husbandry practices.

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Cumulatively, Production was estimated at 5.2 billion litres per year from cattle, camels, goats, and sheep.

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However this year, disruption have been evident on her part, the Kenya Dairy Board Managing Director Margaret Kibogy said dairy farmers were also being targeted in efforts to safeguard them from occurrence of risk especially through the entire value chain.

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Speaking at a dairy production stakeholders meeting, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said 117.5 million shillings as compensation payout was now available for 28 counties for the 2019 period even as the ministry expands access to cover yield loss.

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Agriculture ministry says the 2016 pilot phase of the crop insurance program successfully registered 900 smallholder farmers from adverse agricultural shocks in various counties.

And in the 2019 rainy season alone, the ministry says more than 409,000 farmers in 27 counties were successfully included in the program that saw at least 32,000 farmers compensated and the country’s food security and nutrition safeguarded.

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