NIGERIA spends between $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion annually on the importation of milk and other dairy products, it was learned on Sunday.
To address the trend, which has caused continued capital flight, the Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project is investing heavily in local milk production and processing to fast-track the development of the indigenous dairy industry for economic growth.
The state’s Project Coordinator Ibrahim Garba Muhammad said the “continued importation of processed milk and its products is economically harmful to the Nigerian economy”.
Garba spoke at the weekend when he hosted the Coordinator of Raw Materials Research and Development Council of Nigeria (RMRDC), Hambali Muhammad, at the project office in Kano.
A statement by the Project Communication Specialist, Ameen Yassar, said the Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project is partnering RMRDC and other research institutions to revitalise the economy.
The statement explained that the agro project will train herdsmen and vendors on basic hygiene and best practices in milk production and processing to add value to their products.
It also said the project would engage, in large and community scale, fodder production that will help herdsmen settle down without migrating seasonally in search of pastures.
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“Nigeria spends between $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion on the importation of milk and other dairy products yearly, according to the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“The gap between supply and demand for dairy products in Nigeria is widening by the day. Of this, we have the potential to produce enough milk that will serve our population and even export to other countries. But we must invest appropriately.
Source: The Nation