April 6, 2021
Jordan permits import of 1,500 dairy cows following three-year hiatus
Jordan's Ministry of Agriculture has announced on April 2 that it had approved the import of 1,500 dairy cows after a three-year hiatus, citing "unfair and unjustified" hikes in fresh milk prices.
"The price of a kilo of farm-fresh milk is now double its price in 2018 when the decision to stop the import of dairy cows was taken," the ministry said, adding that such prices affect dairy manufacturers and, most importantly, consumers.
The ministry also noted that the prices of dairy products saw a 20% increase despite the fact that the impact of a global rise in feed prices on local dairy products does not exceed one piaster per kilo of milk. It indicated that the Jordan's annual needs of milk are estimated at 650,000 tonnes while local supply stands at 486,000 tonnes.
Additionally, the ministry highlighted that while it has the authority to allow the import of 9,000 dairy cows a year, it had provided permits for only 1,500 to protect cattle farmers and encourage them to boost their farms' milk yields.
It added that the permits were given to two dairy companies with factories employing large number of Jordanians, stressing that the licenses were given after a field check of those manufacturers' farms proved they needed the cows.
The ministry indicated the permits do not allow the companies to sell the imported cattle.