The Ministry of Agriculture under CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has been accused by the parliament of overseeing the collapse of the dairy industry as the local market continues to be flooded with cheap imports from Uganda despite the country producing enough milk for consumption and exportation.

At a conference with Livestock Principal Secretary Harry Kimutai Thursday at Parliament Buildings, members of the National Assembly’s Committee on Agriculture want the government to ban further importation of milk.

Milk Processing firm

The team’s chairman Adan Haji (Mandera South), Mr Gabriel Kago (Githunguri), Mr John Mutunga (Tigania West) and Ms Florence Mutua (Busia Woman Rep) said that the imports are not necessary.

Documents presented by Mr Kimutai to the committee showed that the country is currently producing 5.6 billion litres of milk and consumes 5.17 billion litres, meaning that there is a surplus of about 430 million litres.

Nevertheless, the country imports over 120 million litres from the East African Community (EAC) member states and 2 million litres from non-EAC members.

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