The Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) and MilkAfric, a milk processing company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding through which the two entities are aiming to empower young dairy entrepreneurs. MilkAfric was established in2010 in a bid to throw weight behind the emerging dairy industry in Botswana. It was formed through a radical vision, to create a totally new food system that would deliver high-quality, certified local food to consumers through strategic growth, smart partnerships and sound management. “Milk shortage in Botswana is a serious challenge as there are only 5000 lactating cows out of the 15000 milking cows needed to meet the 61million litres of milk in demand annually in Botswana,” explained MilkAfric CEO, Phil Matibe. He further thanked LEA for the gesture and said that they are more than humbled to be entering this partnership with them. He went on to say that even though Botswana is a dry country, they will defy the odds to address the milk shortage problem and that they will do their best to ensure that the partnership bears fruit. Commenting on the signing ceremony, the CEO of LEA Dr Tebogo Matome said, Botswana’s lack of a commercial dairy industry is created by the underdeveloped organised support services; technical experts, veterinarians specialising in dairy production and the high start-up costs required for such an industry. “Through this agreement, an anchor dairy farm in which LEA and MilkAfric have developed a comprehensive national dairy pilot out grower scheme in the Lobatse area, will model all dairy farming requirements. The signing of the MOU today marks the commencement of a relationship that will see young dairy entrepreneurs being empowered.” Both parties at the signing ceremony acknowledged that this partnership between MilkAfric, the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA) and all the involved partners beckons the dawning of a new era for the dairy industry, and affirmed their commitment to ensuring a long and fruitful relationship.
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