Expect milk shortages in winter

Consumers should brace themselves for milk shortages during the winter season, Milk Producers' Organisation (MPO) said yesterday.

Consumers should brace themselves for milk shortages during the winter season, Milk Producers' Organisation (MPO) said yesterday.

MPO spokesman Bertus de Jongh said that the shortage resulted from price signals relayed to producers two years ago.

"The sharp in-crease in maize and feed costs combined and low producer prices forced producers to reduce production in order to survive financially," he said, adding that as a result, not enough milk was produced to meet consumer demand.

Importing dairy products was not an alternative "because the weakening rand makes it too expensive to do so". - Sapa

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