Milk prices hike as drought hits Rwenzori

KABAROLE-Since November last year, most of the districts in the Rwenzori sub-region have been experiencing drought and this has affected milk production. As a result, milk prices have soared, especially in Fort Portal town.

Farmers now move long distances with their animals in search of pastures and water due to their (farmers’) failure to adapt to new technologies of making hay and silage for the dry seasons. The grasses are dry and they cannot enable cows produce enough milk.
Mr Bernard Tibesigwa, the production manager at Tooro dairy, an outlet for farmers in Kabarole, says the quantity of milk supplied by farmers has reduced drastically in the last four months due to lack of good pasture.
“We used to get between 3,700 and 3,800 litres of milk from farmers per day but now the supply has dropped to 1,250 to 1,350 litres per day due to lack of pastures,” Mr Tibesigwa said.

He said this has led to an increase of prices of milk from Shs1,200 to Shs1,500 per litre in Fort Portal town. He said prices are likely to rise to Shs2,000 if the current situation prevails.

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