- The Kaduna state government signed an agreement with Arla Foods for milk production
- The agreement is expected to benefit 1,000 farmers who will be provided with land and access to water for their cattle
- This is coming following the CBN ban on forex for milk importation
Arla Foods who are the makers of Dano milk have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kaduna state government for the supply of raw milk.
The Nation reports the agreement was signed on Monday, September 9, with Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
With the agreement, 1000 local farmers will get lands “with access to water from the state and federal government while Arla, as the commercial partner, would purchase, collect, process and take the local milk to the market.”
The Kaduna governor said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Arla Foods to grow and further improve our nation’s dairy industry. With our different competencies, together we can empower local farmers and promote market-driven sustainable dairy development in Nigeria.”
Steen Hadsbjerg who is the vice president of the Sub-Saharan African region of the company said the new partnership will build Nigerians dairy sector.
This development is not unconnected to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s ban on foreign exchange for the importation of milk saying local farmers can meet the demand.
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Earlier report had it that the CBN had finalised plans to add milk and other dairy products on the foreign exchange restriction list with the aim to boost investments in local ranches.
Legit.ng reported that the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, said that the product would be struck out of the list so that investment in the sector can help the ongoing farmers-herders crisis.
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