To fast-track the economic development of the indigenous dairy industry, the Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project has said it is ready to invest in the local milk production and processing.
Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, the State Project Coordinator, said what spoiled this investment decision is the huge amount being spent on the importation of processed milk and milk products to Nigeria and economic effect the nation’s economy.
According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria spends between $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion on milk and other dairy products importation yearly. According to the statement by Ameen K. Yassar, the Project Communication Specialist said Garba gave an assertion while receiving Malam Hambali Muhammad, the State Coordinator, Raw Materials Research and Development Council of Nigeria, (RMRDC), at the project office in Kano. “The gap between supply and demand for dairy products is widening in Nigeria. Yet we have the potential to produce enough milk that will serve our population and even export to other countries if we invest appropriately.
“So under this project, we are approaching the issue from different angles. We are constructing 200 milk collection centers to supply the high quality, safe and adequate raw milk required by dairy processing firms and indeed, the general public.
“Similarly, we will train the herdsmen and milk vendors on hygiene and best practices on milk production and processing, to add value to their products. We are also engaged in large and community scale fodder production that will help our herdsmen to settle down and not to migrate seasonally in search of pasture.
“Another area of focus of the project, according to Malam Ibrahim, is insemination of cows and small ruminants fattening, to improve the quality and quantity of milk, meat and even leather produced in the state. He said the project was keen to gain from the expertise of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council of Nigeria, RMRDC, in the establishment of milk collection centres as well as in the areas of meat and leather development,” the statement reads.
However, Malam Hambali Muhammad said the visit was to see how they can work together to help the project to grow as the organization was charged with the mandate of promoting the development and utilization of Nigeria’s industrial raw materials for the benefit of the citizen.
Reported by OLADIMEJI OGUNTOYINBO,
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