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Introduction

Botswana is a net importer of dairy products from neighbouring countries, the government engaged consultants under NAMPAADD to come up with recommendations to enable Botswana to produce food for food security. This therefore means Botswana should make efforts to foster dairy development plans wherever the potential exists.  In so doing the gap between production and consumption of dairy products in the country will be narrowed.

Modernization of the dairy industry along the lines of large scale enterprises found in developed countries is the best strategy for assuring increased milk and dairy products.  However this model may not be adaptable under our conditions. Rather consideration should be accorded to the peculiarity in our livestock production systems to determine how to modify and adopt the model in order to ensure its successful application under our condition.

The MOA has conducted extensive studies on the subject and has prepared a comprehensive dairy handbook that tries to identify some of the fundamental issues in a profitable dairy enterprise. The key findings are that a minimum of 50 dairy cows is the recommended ideal herd size to give farmers a reasonable return to continue production and reduce milk imports. Furthermore, the output of Botswana's approximately 5000 dairy cows could be increased substantially, from the current average of around 10 litres of milk per cow per day to between 50 and 60 litres. Proper feeding strategies and a regular supply of fresh water would also assist in boosting output.

 

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