Oyo Gov. Commissions FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s new DDP milk facility

From left, Chairman,
FrieslandCampina WAMCO (FC WAMCO), Jacobs Moyo Ajekigbe; Managing
Director, FC WAMCO, Ben Langat; Governor of Oyo State, Abiola
Ajimobi; Bagi of Sakiland, 
Oba
Abdulrasheed Adegoke; and Operations Director, FC WAMCO, Doyin Ashiru, a
t the commissioning of the company’s fifth Milk
Collection Collection centre in Oyo State, located in Sakiland,
Thursday 8th of June 2017

FrieslandCampina
WAMCO Nigeria PLC
, makers of Peak, Three Crowns and Friso brands of milk and the pioneer milk manufacturer in Nigeria,
opened its fifth milk collection facility for dairy farmers in Saki, Oyo State. 
The facility
was commissioned by the Governor of Oyo State, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi ThursdayJune
8.
Speaking
at the occasion, the Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mr.
Ben
Langat
pointed out:
This is a
proof of FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s commitment to strengthen local milk
production capacity in Nigeria. We started this investment in 2011 with a meager
supply of a few thousand liters of milk per day, working with a little above
100 farmers and one milk collection center. 
Today, with this fifth milk collection
centre in Saki, we now have the capacity to collect over 40,000 liters of raw
milk daily, from 1720 farmers.”
 


In
a statement issued by the company’s Corporate Affairs Director, Mrs. Ore Famurewa, she said, “Since
2011, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has been investing in the Dairy Development
Programme and has established the country’s largest milk collection network.
Today, the company collects milk from about 1700 farmers in over 70 communities
in Oyo State, who as a result receive good remuneration directly from the
company”.

MD, FC WAMCO, Ben Langat with Governor of Oyo State, Abiola
Ajimobi; 
  at the commissioning of the company’s fifth Milk
Collection Collection centre in Oyo State, located in Sakiland,
Thursday 8th of June 2017

 “Our DDP model has proven to be
quite successful, hence in February 2017, 
FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC,
Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory and the Oyo State Government signed
a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the Nigeria
Dairy Development Programme (NDDP). The programme aims to strengthen the
Dairy Transformation Agenda of government by demonstrating proof-of-scale in
Nigeria’s processor-led initiatives for dairy development as modeled by
FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s Dairy Development Programme (DDP)”
she said.
 Since
its inception, DDP activities have spanned across key growth subjects
including: Identification of dairy value chain actors; Sensitization,
registration and organization of potential dairy farmers; Training of farmers
and extension workers; Milk collection, testing and quality control;
Cross-breeding of cattle; Tsetse
eradication programmes; as well as Improved and hybrid pasture cultivation
demonstrations for farmers. 
 A
large network of dairy farmers (men and women) are currently engaged in the
DDP, receiving training in extension services and various forms of improved
dairy farming practices particularly targeted at increasing the quality and
quantity of raw milk production.

From left, Chairman,
FrieslandCampina WAMCO (FC WAMCO), Jacobs Moyo Ajekigbe; Managing
Director, FC WAMCO, Ben Langat; Governor of Oyo State, Abiola
Ajimobi; Bagi of Sakiland, 
Oba
Abdulrasheed Adegoke; and Operations Director, FC WAMCO, Doyin Ashiru, a
t the commissioning of the company’s fifth Milk
Collection Collection centre in Oyo State, located in Sakiland,
Thursday 8th of June 2017

The
statement stressed further that “FrieslandCampina’s
DDP provides a commercially viable business model that benefits over 70 farming
communities among which 962 women that supply raw milk to these milk collection
centers on a daily basis have been empowered. This has greatly improved the
livelihood of these erstwhile subsistence farmers”
Famurewa further noted.

 To
succeed with the DDP, FrieslandCampina
WAMCO
engages and collaborates with both, local and international public
sector project partners, including the Federal
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
(FMARD), Oyo State
Government, National Office for
Technology Acquisitionand Promotion

(NOTAP), 2SCALE, Wageningen RU, Animal Care
Limited
, International Fertilizer
Development Centre, FrieslandCampina Nederland Holding B.V
and Sahel Capital Partners.

 Future
expansion plans include the introduction of commercial credit to farmers,
building confidence between benefiting farmers and financial institutions for
viable agri-business and supporting dairy cooperatives in Nigeria. 
These interventions will improve the livelihood of raw milk
suppliers in Nigeria particularly in Oyo state by increasing the productivity
of their cattle and integrating them into the formal dairy value chain in
Nigeria.

Mr. Ben Langat, MD, FrieslandCampina WAMCO

 In
his statement, 
Governor Abiola Ajimobi,
thanked and commended FrieslandCampina
WAMCO
for pioneering the DDP and applauded the company’s role in the
development of dairy
farming as a sure way of eliminating
poverty and creating entrepreneurs.

 The
Saki Milk Collection Center is FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s fifth Milk Collection
Center and will serve about 500 new dairy farmers in the area. This investment
reduces the distance covered to deliver milk for bulking and further preserves
raw milk quality before it is transported to the production factory.

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