Kenya to host Africa’s dairy conference in August, 2019

NAIROBI—The East African nation of Kenya will host the 15th African dairy conference from Aug. 14 to 16.

The conference organizers announced on Tuesday that Kenya was selected to pay host of conference this year.

The executive director of Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association, Peter Ngaruiya, said in Nairobi that more than 600 delegates from 45 countries in Africa will attend the summit to review ways to address the challenges affecting the dairy sector on the continent.

“Over 100 companies from China, India and Europe will also showcase the latest technology in the dairy industry,” Ngaruiya said.

 Sources say the three-day conference will be the largest and most comprehensive convergence of dairy stakeholders from corners of Africa.

“It will provide a platform for knowledge sharing, technology transfer and nurturing of business partnerships for regional and international trade,” he added.

A young African lady greasing er cattle

According to Ngaruiva, Africa lags behind the rest of the world in milk productivity as most countries produce less than the global average of 3,400 liters of milk per cow per year.

According to the organizers, the continent can address its milk sector challenges through the uptake of technology.

He added that Africa should take advantage of its huge arable land and favorable weather conditions to expand the dairy sector.

“It is unfortunate that Africa is a net importer of milk and milk related products from the rest of the world,” he added.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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