Published 18 Jun,2021 via The Nation - No fewer than 1,000 farmers in the North are set to be trained in dairy farming, courtesy of Arla Foods, makers of Dano Milk.
The firm will build a state-of-the-art commercial dairy farm in Kaduna State and will support farmers as part of its long term commitment to increasing local food production.
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.
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.
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