Denmark: Arla builds commercial dairy farm in Nigeria

The Denmark headquartered dairy cooperative Arla will build a commercial dairy farm in Nigeria. On the farm Arla will also train local dairy farmers to support the development of the Nigerian dairy sector as part of the country’s efforts to increase local food production. The 200 hectare farm is scheduled to open in 2022 will have housing for 400 dairy cows, modern milking parlours and technology, pastures and living facilities for 25 employees. Over time, the farm is expected to produce over 10 tonnes of milk per day which will be processed by Arla’s dairy plant in Kaduna State. Nigeria is among the fastest growing nations in the world. Its population is set to reach close to 400 million people by 2050 and there is already growing consumer demand for affordable dairy nutrition in the country. The Nigerian dairy sector is, however, currently only able to supply less than 10 per cent of the country’s demand for dairy products, a gap that is expected to grow in line with the growth of its population. Since 2017, Arla has been the lead business partner in a partnership to develop a sustainable dairy value chain in Nigeria together with The Danish Agricultural and Food Council, Danish Agricultural Knowledge Center Seges, Care Denmark, the Nigerian pastoralist organization CORET, and the dairy farm cooperative MILCOPAL. The Milky Way Partnership programme is supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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