Barbadians consumers are being assured that there will be plenty of milk on supermarket shelves despite a reduction in the quantity being sold to Pine Hill Dairy.
The dairy processing plant today confirmed a drop of between five and ten per cent in the volume of milk delivered by farmers, a shortfall of between five hundred and eight hundred litres a day.
However, Dairy Operations Manager Lorenzo Roach told Barbados TODAY there was no need to worry about a shortage anytime soon.
“Unless the farmers have gone out and voiced their concern I do not think consumers would notice any reduction of the supply of milk on supermarket shelves. This issue will not affect consumers unless the shortfall in the delivery of milk to the Pine Hill Dairy continues over an extended period. We have been able to ride the wave,” Roach explained.
Meanwhile, President of the Dairy Farmers Association Brian Allan said only a small number of farmers had been affected by low production.
Allan told Barbados TODAY it was not immediately clear what was responsible for the declining milk production, although some farmers felt it was connected to the feed.
He disclosed that the feed supplier had been working with the farmers in an effort to get to the bottom of the problem.