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Increase of goat milk production in Lebanon


According to the Lebanese Center for Agronomic Research and Studies, the goat milk production in Lebanon accounted for more than EUR 54 million in 2014 with a 76% growth per year and a rising consumer demand.


Lebanese consumers are rediscovering the benefits of goat milk. In Lebanon, like everywhere, people look for a healthier way of life, which is normally based on a sustainable and healthful diet.

Goat milk has nutritional intakes very similar to cow milk, but with lower energy intakes and lipid content. In addition, between 10% and 20% of global population are allergic to lactose from cow milk.


As Maya Kharrat-Sarkis said, Director of Ecole supérieure d’ingénieurs d’agronomie méditerranéenne (ESIA-M), the Engineering Faculty of St. Joseph University “according to the different techniques of milk production, goat milk can be more digestive”.


All these aspects have altered the dairy market in Lebanon and, even if the cow milk production is still dominant in terms of quantity, goat milk production keeps increasing.


In 2010, cow milk monopolised 75% of Lebanese dairy production. In 2014, it accounted for only 56% of dairy market with gains totalling around EUR 93 millions. By comparison, goat dairy chain gathered more than EUR 54 millions and maintains an average progress of 76%.

These numbers show the added value surplus of dairy production in the goat milk sector, which is only a quarter of total Lebanese dairy production, but still attracting more than a third of total dairy income, according to Ms. Kharrat-Sarkis.