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Performance & Competitiveness of the Dairy Value-Chain in Zambia
Agricultural Consultative Forum Policy Brief
Vol. 1, Issue 2, July 2012
July 2012



Prior to 1991, during a state controlled economy, there was only one dairy processing plant in the country namely the Dairy Produce Board of Zambia (DBZ). After 1991, when the economy was liberalized, the dairy subsector experienced some transformation that brought about the emergence of more milk processing plants from one (1) before 1991 to about twenty (20) plants now.

These processing plants range from small, medium to large commercial plants. Most of these processing plants are currently marketing milk through commercial channels and comparatively a little in the informal channel. About 81 to 83% of the milk, produced by smallholder farmers, is sold through the informal market. This milk is either produced and consumed at household level or sold to consumers in the community at the farm gate prices. In terms of quality of milk and milk products, it can also be argued that the post privatization era witnessed improvements.

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