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Milk in Kenya

About 800 000 households Kenyan small farmers depend on the popular milk sector for their livelihood, and 350 000 people work in the collection, transport, processing and sale of milk ..

Milk production in Kenya

Until the 1990's, the collection and marketing of milk in Kenya was fully controlled by a state monopoly with regulations prohibiting the commercial sale of milk and dairy products popular.

During the early 1990's, the monopoly was removed and the public company was privatized under the adjustment program imposed on the country by multilateral lenders.

The state privatized company quickly went bankrupt, and no other private processors came on the market was ready to fill the void;. they instead turned to the importation of milk powder.

In 2001, imports of milk powder have increased dramatically, triggering public outrage and government action, bringing the Tariffs of 25-60%.

Yet even these new tariffs were not enough to encourage dairy companies to rebuild the country's supply chains. In contrast, the area of popular milk arrived and took over responsibility for the collection and supply of local milk in the country.

The dairy industry in Kenya

Today, a national network of small farmers and sellers bike provides 80-86% of the milk marketed in the country (45% of national milk production comes from subsistence farming).

Approximately 800,000 smallholder households Kenyans depend on the popular milk sector for their livelihood, and 350 000 people work in the collection, transport, processing and sale of milk .. Farmers and consumers are beneficiaries in this system.

Farmers get for their milk price that is on average 22% higher than that paid by large dairy processors and milk and the popular twice cheaper for consumers as that sold by dairy companies.

The popular milk sector is under constant threat, not only of trade agreements that would open the country to cheap imports of milk powder, as well as measures taken by the industry to introduce the popular milk as dangerous.

In 2010 in the midst of a national food crisis, milk production was in surplus. The supply exceeded demand transformers, which have continued to import milk powder at historically low prices.

In Kenya, Nestlé refuses to even buy milk from traditional dairy producers, despite centuries of experience in the production of high quality milk.

The company says that the milk produced and processed in Kenya does not meet its standards and, instead, it uses milk powder imported, mainly from New Zealand.

Kenyan milk brands

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