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Malawi wants to boost domestic dairy production

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10 September 2008

LILONGWE, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Malawi plans to increase investment in the dairy industry to boost the sector's competitiveness in the southern African region, a senior agricultural ministry official said on Wednesday.

Ministry of Agriculture Principal Secretary Andrew Daudi told Reuters that Malawi is currently the lowest producer of milk in the region and also consumes the least amount of dairy produce.

'Milk consumption in Malawi is estimated at five litres per capita (per annum) against the recommended 80 litres per capita,' Daudi said.

'Malawi consumes 50 percent dairy products which are imported and this needs to change by ironing out pricing issues and improve the quality of the (local) products to compete favourably,' he added.

Industry officials say dairy production in Malawi has been minimal over the years mainly because of prevailing low prices for domestic commodities.

(Reporting by Mabvuto Banda; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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