WINDHOEK: The local dairy industry is still struggling to survive under stiff competition from cheap foreign imports almost seven years on.
Chairman of the Dairy Producers’ Association (DPA), Kokkie Adriaanse told Nampa today that negotiations are still ongoing with Government and other stakeholders to get regulation in place for the dairy industry.
He said unfortunately, the dairy industry still suffers under the pressure of milk imports, which are sold under cost price in the shops and which undermine the competitiveness of the Namibian industry’.
Over the past few years, the local dairy association has complained about cheap imports from South Africa, while negotiations with Government and Namibia Dairies pertaining to the issue are still continuing.
Adriaanse raised the concern that the situation causes milk surpluses, which could result in the quota for dairy producers being cut.
He emphasised that if no urgent solution is found, the shrinking of the Namibian dairy industry and a significant loss of jobs is inevitable.