Mozambique’s dairy industry, which is supported by the United States government, is expected to see growth of 3.5 percent this year, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.
With the support of the United States government, the Land O’Lakes agricultural cooperative, of St. Paul, Minnesota, is training around 5,000 cattle producers in the provinces of Maputo, Sofala, Manica and Nampula.
The initiative is intended to improve the quality of milk and increase its placing on the market and there are plans to build collection centres and draw up business plans for over 1,000 small and medium-sized companies across the country.
It is estimated that by 2015, production and processing of milk in the centre and north of Mozambique could generate income for small-scale producers of around US$5.9 million.
Due to a lack of milk processing factories Mozambique spends around US$200 million on importing dairy products, according to figures published by the Milk Producers Cooperative (Coopleite), based in Beira, in Sofala province. (macauhub)