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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Satur­day, Au­gust 24, 1991 — The cur­rent short­age of but­ter in the coun­try has been blamed on the lim­ited milk sup­ply to the Dairy Mar­ket­ing Board this win­ter, com­pounded by the in­creased de­mand for liq­uid milk as a sub­sti­tute for beef.

Fur­ther­more, the short­age has forced the paras­tatal to sus­pend but­ter ex­ports.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment in the Press yes­ter­day, the DMB said milk sup­plies to its de­pots dur­ing this win­ter sea­son had not been suf­fi­cient to en­sure ad­e­quate sup­plies of but­ter. It said the sur­plus milk avail­able for but­ter man­u­fac­ture had been fur­ther re­duced by the high de­mand for liq­uid milk and lacto due to drought in some parts of the coun­try and a greater de­mand for Su­per Lacto as a sub­sti­tute rel­ish fol­low­ing the in­crease in the prices of beef. An­other fac­tor which con­trib­uted to the short­age, the state­ment said, was the short­age of veg­etable oil-based spreads and cook­ing oil in the early part of the year which re­sulted in sub­stan­tial in­creased de­mand for but­ter.

Mean­while, a spokesman for the paras­tatal said they stopped but­ter ex­ports to Botswana and other coun­tries early this year, but could not com­ment on the mon­e­tary ef­fects of the sus­pen­sion on the paras­tatal. Asked to com­ment on the al­le­ga­tions that Zim­bab­wean but­ter was be­ing sold in Botswana, the spokesman said the al­le­ga­tions were not true and added that what the peo­ple had seen on the shelves might have been from last year’s stocks or was be­ing supplied by South Africa.

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