With the consensus that ranching is the way forward, I would like to see Nigeria set herself the goal of becoming a top 10 milk producer by 2030
We are shamelessly a net importer of milk at the moment. In 2019, Nigeria only produced a paltry 523,599 tonnes of milk domestically.
We consume about 1.3bn tonnes of milk annually, so spend between $1.2bn and $1.5bn annually to bridge the gap between production and consumption. Once we have these mega ranches in place, we must set them steep milk production targets.
Once more, we simply refuse to be productive. However, let us set ourselves the goal of joining these countries:
- US – 91.3bn tonnes
- India – 60.6bn tonnes
- China – 35.7bn tonnes
- Brazil – 34.3bn tonnes
- Germany – 31.1bn tonnes
- Russia – 30.3bn tonnes
- France – 23.7bn tonnes
- New Zealand – 18.9bn tonnes
- Turkey – 16.7bn tonnes
- UK – 13.9bn tonnes
Personally, I would build one mega ranch each in the six largest states of Nigeria and get a dairy company to open a nearby milk processing plant. If you have one such plant in Niger, Borno, Taraba, Yobe, Kaduna and Bauchi states, with each producing say 200m tonnes of milk a year, we are nearly there.