|Donkeys carry water containers in Kenya. ©The Brooke|
There is a saying in Swahili Asante ya punda ni mateke...(The thanks of a donkey are his kicks)
As such there has often been a perception that the donkey is a very ungrateful creature.
For this reason the donkey has been branded a beast of burden the world over suffering several acts of cruelty as they transport different farm and household goods.
A recommendation by the Food and Agriculture organization that donkey milk be used to counteract the global demand of cow milk and other dairy products is certain to make donkey owners more kind to their animals.
The UN food agency late last year recommended more usage of milk from a variety of animals including camels, llamas and donkeys due to the increasing high milk prices especially in the world.
Apart from goat, sheep and buffalos that are currently being kept in different parts of the world for provision of milk Fao recommends that the Alpaca, Moose, Reindeer and Yaks can also be milked.
Rapid urbanization in Africa and the growing middle class means that more people are having an increase in their disposable income and as a result can a afford a change of lifestyle eating more diary and meat products.
Fao predicts that by 2025 diary consumption in developing countries will grow by 25 per cent because of population growth and rising incomes and cow milk which most people are currently dependent on will not be sufficient to supple the most vulnerable households.
Consumption of camel milk has been growing Ethiopia, Mali and Somalia and the trend is quickly picking up in Kenya.
With their milk being fronted as more nutritious and healthy. Though it is not for the fainthearted, you will have a thoroughly cleansed stomach before your intestines get used to the milk.
|Making a quick buck: A woman selling donkey milk to slum dwellers in Vijayawada. — PHOTO: V.RAJU|
Its popularity has vastly spread that it is not common for one to order camel milk tea of the menu in a restaurant in Nairobi. Am guessing though in the next five years we will be doing the same for donkeys?