The report further indicated that efforts to harmonize these standards have failed to produce any changes because policy makers are trying to ape the Western standards. Regional trade in dairy products is therefore being hindered by poorly implemented quality standards. This is the chief reason for the slow pace of growth in this sector according to the report.
Danish Researchers, Michael Jensen and John Keyser in the World Bank’s 2012 publication, De-Fragmenting Africa said that the new EAC dairy standards are problematic since they assume that consumer incomes and production infrastructure are equivalent to Western levels.
They further noted that resources have been exhausted in developing standards for high value milk products, such as cheese that have low demand.
They claim that this situation has led to the implementation of standards that are tailored for large scale milk processors while disregarding the fact that 80 per cent of dairy trade in the region is from the informal sector.
The Kenya Cooperative Creameries chairman added that barriers to trade have mostly been ironed-out and that in 2010, New KCC, one of the region’s largest milk processors made Ksh 192 Million from milk sales to the region.
The policy makers, researches and academic institutions are advised to take this market gap, identify the shortfalls and work towards addressing this issue.