October 20, 2020
FrieslandCampina WAMCO opens first center of expertise for dairy development in Nigeria
FrieslandCampina has opened the Center for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development (CNDDD) that aims to improve dairy production in Nigeria.
The center also seeks to drive the country's sustainability agenda by bringing together relevant parties and sharing Dutch expertise on dairy with the Nigerian government, the academic community, students and local dairy farmers.
Additionally, it will encourage cooperation between the private sector and academic institutions to support rapid and sustainable growth of the Nigerian dairy industry. As a research and training institute with expertise in the field of dairy development, the center will focus on various aspects of dairy production, such as food and milk quality, the productivity of individual cows and general farm management.
The goal is to improve those aspects using Dutch dairy expertise, FrieslandCampina said.
Ben Langat, managing director of FrieslandCampina WAMCO, said: "With FrieslandCampina's expertise on dairy and our "from grass to glass" approach, we are committed to promoting the growth and development of the local dairy sector. In the past, close cooperation between the public and private sectors has proven to be an important success factor. We are pleased to share our 150 years of experience in the dairy sector with our Nigerian partners via the Center for Nigerian Dutch Dairy Development."
Through the Dairy Development Programme (DDP), FrieslandCampina WAMCO is closely involved in efforts to improve Nigeria's milk supply by investing in education and training for local farmers and a network of milk collection points.
More than nine thousand dairy farmers across five states in the country are involved. The local milk supply has gradually increased over the last decade.
FrieslandCampina WAMCO aims to realise a broader and more in-depth inclusive growth of local milk production. It does so by cooperating with local farmers and offering them the necessary expertise and support to improve their knowledge, milk yields and milk quality.