Milk farmers will continue enjoying good prices as the demand for Long life products increases over the uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This comes even as the rate of production drops from 60 million liters in January to 54 million liters at the end of March.
According to the Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) the low production rate could go up to June-July.
“We’ve witnessed a decline in production since January but we expect the volumes to rebound this month,” said KDB managing director Margret Kibogy
Kibogy said that the decline was occasioned by the onset of the planting season, which cut down on the available grazing fields for animals.
“As usual, the production normally comes down during cold period, which affects the animals,” she said.
The regulator has also reported high demand for long-life products with the processors having had to release most stocks as Kenyans rush to buy more of UHT and powder milk over the uncertainties caused by the pandemic.
The decline in demand of fresh milk, which is highly consumed when schools are in session and operational restaurants is also high, a move that has stagnate consumer prices.
Consumer milk prices have remained relatively low with a half litre of long life retailing at Sh50.
Farmers continue to enjoy good prices with a litre rising to a high of Sh38, paid by the New KCC and Brookside.