Royal FrieslandCampina, a Dutch multinational dairy cooperative, has announced its plans to invest 23 million Euros, in a bid to support is Dairy Development Program (DDP) in Nigeria. Hein Schumacher, the company’s chief executive officer disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Osinbajo commended FrieslandCampina for initiating the DDP and encouraging other investors to practice backward integration in the sector. He however noted that there was a need to create a robust plan to improve local production of milk across the country. The Vice President said “the plan of extending the dairy development program to other states is extremely important. I think that backward integration is crucial. My worry is the lack of incentives to encourage backward integration”.
FrieslandCampina Nigeria’s Managing Director, Ben Langat, highlighted the achievements of the DDP by noting that “four model farms with crossbred cows have been established to improve local milk collection across the five milk collection centres”.
Langat also said “working with 3,500 dairy farmers in over 90 farming communities in Oyo state, we are already providing the required knowledge transfer and sustainable livelihoods for communities. We plan to transform additional 500 pastoralists to settled dairy farmers under the DDP model”.
FrieslandCampina claims over 100,000 people have benefited from the program. An achievement Schumacher confirms the company plans to improve, when he explained to journalists at the State House that “the Vice President asked us to continue to invest in local dairy farming to increase local production of milk and we are fully aligned with his request. We will take forward the programs we have been running and expand them”.
Osinbajo assured the company of the federal government’s support. He also stated that there is a need for more innovative public private partnerships.