NIGERIA – FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria, an affiliate of Royal FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands is seeking to develop Nigeria’s first expertise centre for dairy development, the Centre for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development (CNDDD).
The center according to reports by This Day Live, will be established in partnership with key stakeholders, to undertake activities that will improve the dairy chain in Nigeria, focusing on both the upstream and downstream sides of the chain.
The CNDDD will be the expert research and training institute for dairy development in the country focusing on breeding, farming and feeding management, as well as quality control and productivity (yield per cow).
It is aimed to drive productivity and sustainability in the industry, based on best practices that have helped the Dutch dairy industry stand out as one of the best in the world for decades.
Through this it will position it on a pedestal to compete with dairy companies around the world.
“FrieslandCampina WAMCO in partnership with the federal government is determined to transform the sector from its current subsistence phase to a commercial quality-focused model.”Managing Director Frieslandcampina – Ben Langat
According to Managing Director of the company, Ben Langat, the new Centre will foster cooperation among dairy stakeholders as it will engage and promote cooperation among the government, private sector, academics, students and dairy farmers.
Putting things in perspective, Langat also explained that the Nigeria dairy sector presently faces major challenges, adding, “However, FrieslandCampina WAMCO in partnership with the federal government is determined to transform the sector from its current subsistence phase to a commercial quality-focused model.”
Through its backward integration plan debut Dairy Development Programme (DDP), the leading dairy processor has made huge strides in the dairy industry, recording an increase in fresh milk collection from farmers to hit an all-time high record of 40,000 litres of milk per day.
Also, the company recently finalized the acquisition of Nutricima’s dairy business from PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition according to FrieslandCampina WAMCO underlines with its continued commitment to contribute to the development of the Nigerian dairy sector which has an estimated consumption capacity of 1.3 billion tons of milk annually.
FrieslandCampina WAMCO has acquired the company’s production facility in Ikorodu, Lagos State and the brands Olympic, Coast and Nunu, a range of powdered, evaporated and ready to drink milk products.
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