Fed Govt targets 1.1m metric tonnes of milk

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Sep 3rd, 2014
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The Federal Government yesterday said it would increase milk production from 469,000metric tonnes (MT) to 1.1 million.

The Director, Department of Animal Production and Husbandry Services in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ademola Raji, said in a statement in Abuja by its Director of Information, Tony Ohaeri.

Dr. Raji, who was represented by Deputy Director in the department, Alhaji Adeola, said Nigeria milk production which per lactation cow falls below 500 litres per day will be increased to 2000 litres per day.

According to him, this could be achieved  by upgrading the milk production level of indigenous cows through artificial insemination with high productivity semen and feed supplement.

He maintained that the aim of the workshop was to equip the officers of the eleven states as well as the Value Chain Team (VCT) with the training on artificial insemination techniques and assessment at farm level, Bovine reproduction and health in dairy animals and techniques for assessment of animal health and production parameters.

On his part, the Desk Officer, Dairy Value Chain Mr. Ezenwa Nwakonobi while giving the over view of the dairy value chain said the objective of the value chain is the creation of structural shift in the dairy industry.

He reiterated the commitment of government to turn the country into a major player in local milk and milk products supply, create wealth for dairy farmers and to create jobs along the value chain.

Nwakonobi added that the government hopes to link private sector processors to domestic milk supplies in the country by organising small holder milk producers cooperatives clustered around milk processors.

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