Kenya Dairy Board has suspended all operations relating to the importation of milk powder to cushion local producers as the rainy season approaches.
KDB’s decision comes at a time when milk producers across the country expect high yields with the start of the rain.
“The board has temporarily suspended the issuance of these import permits until further notice,” KDB managing director Margaret Kibogy said in a statement seen by Capital Business.
“We will however continue to monitor the production and demand for milk and milk products in the country and advise the government accordingly,” Kibogy added.
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With the ongoing drought situation in the country, milk production was greatly affected, and the government seeks to bridge the deficit with imports.
KDB’s statement comes after Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said that the government is committed to improving operations in the milk industry to help maximize profits, boost farmers in the country, and fight towards the elimination of cartels from the milk industry.
Uganda is Kenya’s main import for milk.
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