NIGERIA – FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, a leading dairy producer, has opened a dairy training academy in Lagos, Nigeria as part of the company’s efforts to promote its business and employees’ growth.

Speaking during the commissioning Mr. Ben Langat, the Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, highlighted that the facility will improve skills to enhance performance of the firm.

“Our new training academy is purpose built and equipped to enhance the skills of our employees who deliver some of the best global practices that FrieslandCampina WAMCO is known for across Nigeria.

“The academy has an 80-seater auditorium. It also has a technical training room fitted with up-to-date machine models found in similar facilities across the globe, and an e-Library that connects to world libraries.

It has a sales simulation room with model markets for training our sales staff” Langat explained.

Additionally, Roel Van Neerbos, the President Consumer Dairy and Royal FrieslandCampina said that the training centre will play a key role in transforming talents into top performers.

Aesthetically, the new training facility typifies the company’s grass to glass value chain system and its dairy development programme (DDP) in Nigeria.

According to a report by Beverage Industry News, the facility will also provide brand touch points for the benefit of participants, outside the facility.

The new facility strengthens FrieslandCampina WAMCO commitment in developing the dairy sector in the country which has seen the firm adopt other initiatives including the multi-billion naira Dairy Development Programme (DDP) – established in 2010.

Through the programme, the firm has managed to established a large network of milk collection centres across the South-west of Nigeria benefiting more than 3,500 dairy farmers.

The firm has also in the past years partnered other organisations in providing community development initiatives as is seeks to ensure the communities fully embraces the business model around the dairy sector.

The DDP enables dairy farmers run their businesses optimally as well as raise the quality and quantity of their dairy production through knowledge-sharing, training courses and exchange programmes with a number of partners.

“Our Dairy Development Programme has supported four master farms where dairy projects are currently running and there are 16 more under development.

This Dairy Development Programme (DDP) is the nucleus of the company’s CSR programmes. It transfers over 140 years of FrieslandCampina’s global expertise to Nigeria, bringing gold-standard Dutch farming practices to the nation,” notes Mr Langat.

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