Some facts about the Dairy sector in Ethiopia:
- The total volume of milk produced in Ethiopia has gradually increased over the last 15 years from less than 1 billion liters to 3.0 billion litres in 2014/15.
- The dairy sector contributes considerably to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It has a share of 40% in the agricultural GDP and 12–16% in the national GDP. The latter is about twice as high as it is in neigh- bouring countries in Eastern Africa, mainly because of the significantly higher share of agriculture in the Ethiopian GDP.
- The Government of Ethiopia plans to almost double domestic milk pro- duction between 2015 and 2020. This increase will require investments and improvements in yields of fodder crops, feeding, genetics, health, and dairy processing.
- Ethiopia imports a significant amount of dairy products and decreasing this will reduce foreign currency spending on imports.
- Over the next five years the government is not only aiming at a decrease in dairy imports, but is also working on a dairy policy that will result in the export of dairy products.
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