Blantyre Agriculture District and Development (BLADD) said small holders farmers need to be encouraged to domesticate cattle for increase milk production in the district.
Programmes Manager for BLADD, Eric Haramani said Monday during the commemoration of the world Milk day which was held at Sedi ADMARC ground in Blantyre.
He said Milk production could rapidly increase if farmers are encouraged to venture into the sector since milk production has dwindled in the district.
“Today is a special day as we are commemorating that Shire Highlands Milk Producers Association (SHMPA) which has turned 33 years in operation.
The event gives a chance as government, SHMPA and Milk Processors to celebrate how milk is important to our lives,” Haramani pointed out.
The Programmes Manager added that, “ This year’s theme is very important since the country is one the countries which has the problem of malnutrition and the theme is encouraging farmers and all Malawians that our children should drink milk to grow healthy and be responsible citizens.”
Deputy Chairman for SHMPA, Saini Kapito expressed concern over low prices farmers are getting from milk processors.
“I expected that the processor will announce a better price of milk per litre maybe from the current K175 to K200 but instead they have reduced the price from K175 to K155,” he lamented.
Lilongwe Dairy donated wheel barrows, shovels, iron sheets, gumboots, dairy farm feeds, transport and cash to outstanding farmers in the categories of best goat farmer, best livestock technician, best bulking group, and best jersey cow among others worth K10 million.-Malawi