Dutch dairy multinational Royal FrieslandCampina is investing €23 million into its Nigeria operations. The Dutch multinational dairy cooperative will strengthen its evaporated milk and ready-to-drink milk factory, in order to provide fresh milk for the Nigerian consumer.
Ventures Africa reports that Royal FrieslandCampina has been at the epicentre of Nigeria’s dairy market revolution with the Dairy Development Project (DDP) that focuses on revamping dairy production in Nigeria. “Thousands of local farmers have benefited directly in the initiative geared towards meeting the 1.1 billion litres yearly demand in the country”, the report says.
Yearly local milk production in Nigeria is far smaller than the than annual demand, making importation of dairy products inevitable in Nigeria. The company is working with local farmers to grow local milk production. “Working with 3,500 dairy farmers in over 90 farming communities in Oyo State, we are already providing the required knowledge transfer and sustainable livelihoods for communities”, saids FrieslandCampina’s CEO Hein Schumacher when visiting Nigeria.
The DDP programme is meant to empower youth and local cattle rearers in the dairy sector. FrieslandCampina plans to transform an additional 500 pastoralists to settled dairy farmers under the DDP model in addition to over 100,000 people who have been positively impacted.
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