Dairy giant Royal FrieslandCampina of the Netherlands and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) signed several pacts to roll out new dairy programmes designed to safeguard food and nutrient security in Nigeria.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh OFR and the CEO, FrieslandCampina, Mr. Roelof Joosten, signed a Farmer2Farmer agreement during the minister’s two-day working tour of the Dutch company’s facilities that ended May 27, 2016.
According to Ore Famurewa, Corporate Affairs Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, “with the Farmer2Farmer programme, FrieslandCampina aims to deploy member dairy farmers to train and advise local dairy farmers on feeding and watering of cattle, calf-rearing, milking hygiene and practice, milking machine maintenance, hoof care, housing and barn design.”
To ensure training for undergraduates in Nigerian tertiary Institutions for FC WAMCO’s ongoing Dairy Development Programme (DDP) in Nigeria, the Managing Director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria, Mr. Rahul Colaco and Dr. Martin C. Th. Scholten, Member, Board of Directors of Wageningen University and Research Centre, signed an expression of interest for academic and technical support.
During the Honourable Minister’s visit, FrieslandCampina announced its decision to invest N3 billion in its dairy development small holder dairy farmer programme in Nigeria. To step up its current activities, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and FrieslandCampina WAMCO also agreed to renew their MoU on the company’s dairy development programme in June 2016. FrieslandCampina WAMCO intends to provide support to a FMARD subsidiary, Milcopal in Kaduna, under the terms of the revised MoU.
While in the Netherlands, the Honourable Minister and his team visited FrieslandCampina and the Dairy Campus in Leeuwarden, FrieslandCampina Innovation and Research Centre in Wageningen and the Vollering Family Farm.
In his remarks, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh OFR commended FrieslandCampina for taking the lead in dairy development in Nigeria. According to him, this is one of the most important visits for the Ministry and his team is going back more reinforced to ensure Dairy Development succeeds. He further said the partnership between FrieslandCampina WAMCO and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is indeed a promising one, as there is complete concurrence of plans and actions.
“We will support pasture development; building of Paddocks as we intend to ensure the Fulani cattle herders settle down. Over 60,000 hectares of land are already available in 8 States and more are still coming. It is key to tie up with what FrieslandCampina is doing in Oyo and ensure cattle breeding improvement as well as training and developing skills for artificial insemination of local breeds with the best breed fit to cross breed. We need the support of FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Wageningen University in the training of trainers in dairy farm management.”
The official visit enabled the Honourable Minister and his retinue to see at firsthand how the Dutch dairy chain is organised from grass to glass and how FrieslandCampina guarantees the safety and quality of her products. To conclude the visit, Chief Audu Ogbeh held bilateral meetings with the Dutch Vice Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Hans Hoogeveen and held an interactive session with Nigerians living in the Netherlands at the Nigerian Embassy in the Hague.
It is pertinent to mention that FrieslandCampina WAMCO commenced her Dairy Development Programme in August 2010 and signed a memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in April 2011. We are unwavering and remain committed to supporting the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and co-lead dairy development in Nigeria.
Visiting teams include the Nigerian government delegation and FrieslandCampina delegation respectively as follows:
Chief Audu Ogbeh OFR, Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Dr. Eze Egejuru, Director, Animal Production and Husbandry Services; Mr. Efuntoye Ademola, Director, Office of the Minister; Mr. Dennis Goje, SA to the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Ms. Heather Akanni, Technical Adviser, Quality Control & Standards, Office of the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.
FRIESLANDCAMPINA WAMCO DELEGATION:
Mr. Rahul Colaco, Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria; Mrs. Ore Famurewa, Corporate Affairs Director; Mr. Lawrence Ohue, R & D/Dairy Development Manager,
ROYAL FRIESLANDCAMPINA, THE NETHERLANDS
Mr. Piet Boer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal FrieslandCampina; Mr. Roelof Joosten, CEO, Royal FrieslandCampina; Mr. Bas van der Berg, COO and Executive Board member of FrieslandCampina; Mr. Atze Schaap, Director, Dairy Development, FrieslandCampina NV; Mr. Sybren Attema; Regional Dairy Development Manager and Dr. Ger Willems, Director, Scientific Affairs FrieslandCampina Innovation Centre
COVER PHOTO: Sitting: Member, Board of Directors Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), The Netherlands, Dr. Martin C.Th.Scholten and Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria, Mr. Rahul Colaco. Standing L-R: Corporate Affairs Director, FC WAMCO, Ore Famurewa; Managing Director WUR, Ms. Janine Luten; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh OFR; Director, Dairy Development, FrieslandCampina NV, Mr. Atze Schaap; and Head of Animal Production Systems WUR, Prof. Imke J.M. de Boer at the signing of Expression of Interest for Academic and Technical Support between FrieslandCampina WAMCO and Wageningen University and Research Centre in Wageningen for dairy development in Nigeria, recently.