Why House team wants milk imports stopped

Workers at Kabiyet Dairies Company receive milk from dairy farmers in Nandi. MPs want milk imports stopped, citing sufficient production in the county. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Documents presented by Mr Kimutai to the committee showed that the country is currently producing 5.6 billion litres of milk and consumes 5.17 billion litres, meaning that there is surplus of about 430 million litres.

  • Despite this, the country imports nearly 120 million litres from the East African Community member states and 2 million litres from non-EAC members.

  • About 12 million litres is imported from Uganda per month, approximately 30 percent of the current average milk intakes by Kenyan milk processors.

A parliamentary committee has accused the Ministry of Agriculture of overseeing the collapse of the dairy industry as the local market continues to be flooded with cheap imports from Uganda despite the country producing enough milk for consumption and exportation.

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