ISLAMABAD: Ethiopia’s annual dairy consumption of 19 liters per year per person is low compared to the average consumption of 40 liters per year across Africa, USAID Mission Director Dennis Weller said.
According to Anadolu news agency, he was speaking at the launch of the Ethiopian milk processors industry association,”The low consumption negatively impacts stunting rates, which are almost40 percent of the children in some of the nation’s regions,” Weller said.
He said only five percent of the milk produced in Ethiopia is sold in commercial markets as pasteurized milk, cheese, butter and yogurt, while the remaining 95 percent is informally processed or consumed raw.
“This poses significant public health risks,” he warned.
“For this reason,USAID, in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Industry facilitated the establishment of the Ethiopian Milk Processors Industry Association.”
One of the main objectives of this association is to produce and disseminate market information based on assessments made by the processors.