By Ibrahim Hassan-Wuyo
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and DAMAU milk value chain Kaduna, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, have organised an inception workshop on dairy value chain development.
Under the new pact, both parties will provide a networking environment for cattle herders and transform dairy farming practices by introducing improved techniques and also providing farmers with extension services to enhance raw milk quality and farm productivity.
“We will introduce commercial credit to farmers and build confidence between benefiting farmers and financial institutions for viable agri-business”, says the Ambassador Royal Danish Embassy in Nigeria ,Sune Krogstrup
Speaking at the event ceremony, chairman miyetti Allah Kaduna stated said “The initiative established a structure and model for dairy development in Nigeria. It brought to focus the urgent need to put in place the right infrastructure and expertise that will support local milk sourcing in Nigeria.
“Building on the progress made will enable both parties to replicate the successes achieved in the past 10 years in the state, as well as in other parts of Nigeria, whilst supporting various dairy co-operatives in the country.”
CEO Of Milk value chain, Ishaq Bello stressed that the significance of the Dairy Value Chain is to strengthen the smallholder dairy farming business, which will help transform the largely nomadic cattle herders into sedentary dairy farmers.
This will involve providing the required infrastructure and training along the value chain.
“We will set up crossbreeding centres to produce quality heifers and strengthen the capacity of pastoralists and smallholder dairy farmers to produce and supply raw milk to increase the market share of locally produced milk as well as create employable labour and expansion of investment opportunities for farmer prosperity,” said Bello.