Arla–Foods, makers of Dano–Milk, has announced that it will build a state-of-the-art commercial dairy farm in Northern Nigeria ; where it plans to train and support upto 1,000–local–dairy–farmers ; as part of its long-term commitment to developing the Nigerian–dairy–sector.
The 200-hectare farm, scheduled to open in 2022,;will have housing for 400 dairy cows, modern milking parlours and technology, grasslands and living facilities for 25 employees.
The firm said the farm is expected to produce over 10-tonnes of milk-per-day to supply locally-produced-dairy products to Nigerian-consumers.
Need for dairy as a nutritious food
Managing Director, Arla Foods, Peder Pedersen said; “there was a great need for nutritious food and dairy products to satisfy the growing demand from Nigeria’s fast-growing population.”
“This requires a complementary approach where imported food is crucial to ensuring food-security while also supporting the government’s long-term agricultural transformation plan to build a sustainable dairy sector in Nigeria,” Pedersen said.
In 2019 Arla scaled up its commitment to developing a sustainable-dairy-sector in Nigeria with a new public-private-partnership with the Kaduna-State-government.
It is the first of its size and offers 1,000 nomadic dairy farmers permanent farmlands. Arla is the commercial partner that will purchase, collect, process and bring the local milk to market.
Source : Investors king June 18 ,2021