September 17, 2020
Local cattle farm is enough to supply Jordan's domestic milk consumption
The president of the Association of Al Dhuleil Dairy Cattle Association in Jordan, Ali Ghabayen, said that the recent heatwave has contributed to a 20% decline in milk production in the country.
Still, "The Kingdom of Jordan's milk production, with 60,000 dairy cows, covers the need of the domestic market," he said.
"There are 256 licensed farms which produce milk for nearly 80 factories and 500 workshops that transform raw milk into consumer products - notably cheese and other dairy products," Ghabayen said in a statement cited by the Jordan News Agency.
"Fresh milk prices ranging from JD0.35 (US$0.49) to JD0.45 (US$0.63) proved the sector's readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Laith Al Hajj, head of a dairy cattle cooperative.
Jordan's Ministry of Agriculture adopted a policy to protect local products and alleviate losses sustained by the dairy sector since 2018 by suspending cattle imports.
However, the Amman Chamber of Industry (ACI) called the authorities to allow regulated cow imports, at a maximum of 2,000 cows, to maintain the balance in the market. ACI cited an increase in the rate of dairy cattle abortion, a 20% drop in fresh milk production - from 900 tonnes to 700 tonnes a day since the beginning of the year, and low fertility in the dairy industry.
"Cattle farms are growing by an annual rate of 15%," Hajj added.
"The Kingdom's production of milk is expected to reach 1,100 tonnes a day by the beginning of 2021," he said, adding that "The issues of cattle abortions do not go in line with the growth figures recorded in the sector."
Rejecting the need to import cattle, Marwan Sawalha, president of a milk marketing company said: "Milk production in Jordan declined temporarily during the heatwave."
He noted that the production of cow milk amounts to 1,000 tonnes per day, while sheep milk reached 350 tonnes, which covers the need of the local market.
- MENAFN - Jordan Times