As a major partner to the Federal Government with an ongoing multibillion Naira dairy development and expansion programme, including its work with over 2500 local dairy farmers, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has reaffirmed its commitment to growing Nigeria’s dairy industry.
This was disclosed during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh by the Management of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC. The objective is to raise raw milk quality and safety, increase farm productivity and support farmers in getting a market for their milk.
A 12-minute documentary was shown, detailing how FrieslandCampina WAMCO has improved the dairy farming skills and incomes of Fulani herdsmen from subsistence to growing commercial farming. The documentary was produced in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme.
Chief Ogbeh commended FrieslandCampina WAMCO for its commitment and noted that the government is making steady progress in harnessing dairy farming in Nigeria and the country should, in the next four years, see some of the benefits of its investments and partnerships, which will be reviewed for future growth.
Rahul Colaco, Managing Director/CEO, FrieslandCampina WAMCO said, “On our part, we are committed to raising dairy farming to a higher level in Nigeria and making small scale entrepreneurs to have pride in agriculture. Through our dairy development programme, we develop local farmers in three ways:
“Through practical knowledge transfer by local FrieslandCampina dairy development officers; Expert training on feeding, breeding, hygiene, disease control and milk payment, and; Financing of local infrastructure such as milk collection centres, boreholes, milk collection trucks, etc,” Colaco said.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture signed an MoU with FrieslandCampina WAMCO in April 2011 on Dairy Development, and since then “we have been making steady progress. For us this is a privilege and a responsibility that is fully linked with our mission statement of nourishing Nigerians with quality dairy nutrition and this addresses issues of nutrient security, dairy sufficiency and improving farmer’s income” said Colaco.
COVER: Managing Director/CEO, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mr. Rahul Colaco; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh; and Chairman, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mr. Moyo Ajekigbe during the company’s visit as the federal government’s dairy development partners to the minister, Monday December 7 in Abuja[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]