NAIROBI, Kenya – Got milk? Pass the butter? Both of those staples are increasingly scarce in Kenya, where a drought-induced dairy shortage is wreaking havoc on the milk, butter and yogurt shelves.
Grocery store owners, restaurant managers and customers are annoyed and frustrated that an item as basic as butter is almost impossible to find in what is frequently billed as East Africa's largest economy.
Farmers are producing only 30 percent of the country's needs, causing milk prices to shoot up in recent weeks.
Peter Ngaruiya, executive director of the Nairobi-based Eastern and Southern Africa Dairy Association, said the dairy industry is not taking advantage of available technology. He said farmers also need to invest in water storage so cattle can drink year-round.