FRIESLANDCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc says its continuous investment in sourcing raw milk locallyhas started yielding fruits as daily collection from dairy farmers is now peaking at 40,000 litres.
Vanguard learnt that the company has targeted to source 10 per cent of raw milk from dairy farmers in the country for its production plants in Lagos under an initiative tagged “Dairy Development Programme, DDP.”
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the company’s fifth milk collection facility in Saki, Oyo State, Mr. Ben Langat the Managing Director, said: “The investment is a proof of our commitment to strengthen local milk production capacity in Nigeria.
“We started this investment in 2011 with a meager supply of a few thousand liters of milk per day, working with a little above 100 farmers and one milk collection centres. Today, with this fifth collection center in Saki, we now have the capacity to collect over 40,000 litres of raw milk daily, from 1,720 dairy farmers.”
Corroborating to this, Mrs. Ore Famurewa, Corporate Affairs Director, said the company has been investing in the Dairy Development Programme over the past six years and has established the largest milk collection network.
She attributed the success story of the programme to “As a result of good remuneration directly from the company.”
Vanguard learned that the company is implementing the programme in collaboration with both local and international public sector partners, the like of Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Oyo State Government, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Wageningen University, Friesland Campina Netherland Holding B.V and Sahel Capital Partners.