Arla Foods, makers of Dano Milk, has said it will build a state-of-the-art commercial dairy farm in Northern Nigeria.
The company disclosed this in a statement yesterday. Arla Foods also states that the dairy farm will also train and support up to 1,000 local dairy farmers as part of its long term commitment to public private partnerships that support the development of the Nigerian dairy sector as part of the country’s efforts to increase local food production.
‘‘Located in Kaduna State, the 200-hectare farm, scheduled to open in 2022, will have housing for 400 dairy cows, modern milking parlours and technology, grass lands and living facilities for 25 employees. The facilities and expertise provided by Arla, will ensure a first class opportunity to train local dairy farmers to improve milk yields and quality, animal welfare and farm profitability, contributing to the country’s aims to develop local milk production.
‘‘In addition to providing training and support, the farm will also showcase modern commercial farming in Nigeria. Over time, the farm is expected to produce over 10 tonnes of milk per day, which will be processed by Arla’s dairy plant in Kaduna State, to supply locally produced dairy products to Nigerian consumers,’’ the company said in a statement.
“There is 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 ensure food security while also supporting the government’s long-term agricultural transformation plan to build a sustainable dairy sector in Nigeria. Our new dairy farm is our next step in our commitment to Nigeria,” says Managing Director of Nigeria Peder Pedersen.
Arla Foods farm management expert, Snorri Sigurdsson says, “I am very proud of our collaborations to support the sustainable development of the Nigerian dairy sector and excited about what our new state-of-the-art farm will achieve. To collaborate with farmers in many parts of world, sharing knowledge and supporting local dairy industries is a key part of our cooperative mindset and our farm in Nigeria is the next important step. When it is built, we can support local dairy farmers to create better livelihoods and it is a key enabler to growing dairy and food production on a local scale.”