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Nestle Zimbabwe Invests in Cows to Revive Battered Dairy Industry

Nestle Zimbabwe Invests in Cows to Revive Battered Dairy Industry

07 December 2011

Reports said Nestle will buy and distribute 2,000 cows in the next seven 
years to farmers contracted to supply it, boosting contracted production 
from an annual 3.5 million to 25 million liters of milk

Gibbs Dube | Washington

Nestlé Zimbabwe says it has bought 200 dairy cows from South Africa in a 
US$14 million investment program aimed at reviving the country’s battered 
dairy industry.

Reports said the company’s commercial dairy development program will buy and 
distribute 2,000 cows in the next seven years to contracted farmers. This is 
expected to boost its contracted production from 3.5 million to a 25 million 
liters of milk.

The Daily News paper quotes Nestlé Zimbabwe Chief Executive Kumbirai 
Katsande as saying that 40,000 dairy cows in Zimbabwe are currently 
producing 50 million liters of milk a year while at least 100 million liters 
are needed to meet demand.

“In addition to the commercial dairy development program Nestlé will soon 
launch an ambitious nationwide dairy scheme targeted at small-scale 
farmers,” Katsande said.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Seiso Moyo said Nestlé Zimbabwe should be 
commended for committing funds to the dairy sector. “We hope that other 
corporations will engage in such programs in order to boost milk production 
in the country,” Moyo said.

Legislator Moses Jiri, chairman of Parliament’s committee on agriculture, 
said private firms contracting with small-scale farmers in such programs 
should ensure that the farmers are fully trained to properly care for dairy 


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