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February 16, 2019

African dairy forum to focus on safety

A farmhand milks cows
A farmhand milks cows

 Dairy farmers have been told to ensure safety and efficiency in order to stay ahead of competition and run competitive dairy operations.

Caroline Edmond, the International Dairy Federation director general said it is important for dairy farmers to be efficient so that they deliver more quality milk and produce less foot prints in the environment.

“We need safe and more sustainable products to feed the growing population,” she said, adding that safety in the dairy sector will be the key focus in the African Dairy Conference.

She was speaking yesterday in a Nairobi hotel while briefing the media on the three-day14th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition.

Dr Kipkirui Lang’at chairman of the Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association said over 600 delegates will be attending the conference starting today at the KICC to discuss among other issues harmonization of standards in the dairy sector in order to facilitate trade.

“Experts in the dairy sector will be sharing strategic insights on how smallscale dairy farmers should ensure they produce quality and safe products that meet the required standards. Thus will help African farmers remain competitive in the global market,” he said.

The conference will attract 600 delegates from 50 countries including dairy farmers, and will bring together over 145 companies from 35 countries and more than 30 dairy experts.

Lang’at said food safety will be the central focus of the conference and farmers will get to see various technologies that ensure quality and hygiene.   

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