This is going to be the biggest dairy farm in Egypt. 20,000 cows.
Just to give some perspective on what that means, consider this:
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Egypt produced 2.9m litres of fresh cow milk in 2012.
A dairy farm the size of what Almarai and Pepsi are planning, will potentially produce 146 million litres of milk per year. One farm will produce approximately 50 times the total amount of milk currently produced by all the farms in Egypt.
Obviously that is going to be primarily for export to the rest of Africa, but it will be almost a given that an investment of this size is also going to enable Pepsi and Almarai to obliterate any competition by local farmers. They will be able to single-handedly accommodate the demands of Egypt’s dairy market, higher quality of milk, and probably at a decent price. But all of the money that is today supporting local farmers, will be flowing out of Egypt into the accounts of gigantic multinational corporations.
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