Dairy Industry Survives Crisis

THE dairy industry has survived one of the worst crises the past year, according to Japie Engelbrecht, the chairperson of the Dairy Producers Association.

Apart from the court case by the importers against the limitation of imported milk and certain dairy products, feed prices also rocketed due to the drought which put the profitability of milk farmers under pressure. Milk farmers also voluntarily forfeited N$0,40 per litre in order to save the industry.

The Dairy Producers Association said, thanks to government’s support, the industry was able to survive, and the production of dairy products in Namibia is again on the rise.

Numerous dairy farmers started increasing their herds in the past year in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for milk.

Engelbrecht made this remark during the annual general meeting of the Dairy Producers Association which was held on 21 July at Xain Quas near Gobabis.

The guest speaker at the AGM, Vlok Ferreira of Molatek, spoke about the successful raising of replacement heifers and the calculation of milling and mixing costs of feed.

Peter Gruumlttemeyer, who acted as managing director of Namibia Dairies the past year, encouraged farmers to produce more and thus enable Namibia Dairies to meet the demand for milk and milk products. Guumlnther Ling will take over the leadership of Namibia Dairies as managing director from 1 August 2014.

During the dinner on the evening of 21 July Hennie van Niekerk of Gobabis received the dairy producer of the year (extensive) and Willie Aggenbach of Mariental the dairy producer of the year (intensive) awards. Christo Lottering of Gobabis received an award for the lowest bacteria count while Hannes Kemp of the Superfarm near Mariental received the award for the producer who gave the most accurate forecast.

Source : The Namibian