FrieslandCampina empowers Nigerian dairy farmers

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FrieslandCampina, a Dutch multinational dairy cooperative which is based in Amersfoort, Netherlands has completed a two-week comprehensive training for Nigerian dairy farmers under its Farmer2Farmer programme.

The training which was organised to ensure the reduction of hazards that may occur in the course of dairy farming, was conducted by experienced farmers from the Netherlands.

Ore Famurewa, Corporate Affairs Director at FrieslandCampina WAMCO, makers of Peak and Three Crowns milk said the programme was tagged “Farmer Safety Awareness”. He said the training was designed to enlighten farmers to practice safety on their farms, as well as ensure the safety of their employees, families and visitors.

Famurewa said “it is essential to us to have robust safety and health structures in place in our offices, on the field, in our homes and with our suppliers. This particular programme identifies potential hazards around dairy farms while proffering solutions to eliminating or minimizing such hazards, and ensuring that the farms are safe”.

The farm safety training, which was developed by Dutch farmers, provides practical, easy-to-comprehend techniques which enable local dairy farmers run a safe and improved smallholding; beneficial both to people and livestock.

Farmers who attended the training also received advice on various aspects of dairy farming, such as feeding and watering, calf-rearing, milking hygiene and practice, milking machine maintenance, hoof care and housing and barn design.

The Farmer2Farmer programme is a best practise model designed by FrieslandCampina for its Dairy Development Programme (DDP), whereby certified dairy farmers from The Netherlands, specially selected for the programme and intensively trained to prepare them for their missions overseas, share knowledge with local dairy farmers through on-farmer practical training. The programme’s main aim is to help local dairy farmers under the DDP improve milk quality and productivity.

According to Famurewa, “we started the Farmer2Farmer programme in 2016 in Nigeria and we can say that combining our strengths is helping to bring about positive growth in the local dairy sector, especially where quality and productivity are concerned. The Farmer2Farmer programme is helping local farmers to make real progress, which is why we energetically embarked on the second round of the programme”.

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