Algeria allocates $500 million for imports of milk powder
The spokesman of the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture, Saeed Misbah, said that Algeria needs to allocate $500 million for imports of milk powder due a lack of milk cows, among other problems that are affecting this sector, Al-Khabar reported on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion of the Algerian - French technical day for cow breading, Misbah added that per capita milk consumption in Algeria rose to 100 liters annually, mentioning that Algeria is considered the largest milk consumer among the Arab Maghreb States, exceeding Tunisia and Morocco.
Talking about cow breeding's problems in Algeria, Misbah said that the total number of milk cows is only 900,000, while most of the breeders do not own more than two cows. The most acute problem of this sector is lack of facilities for transferring the milk from the cow breeders to the consumer. The ministry intends, said Misbah, to import both milk cows and meat cows towards Eid al-Adha (The Sacrifice Holiday), as things were done in regard to fresh meat in Ramadan. (menareport.com)