Arla Foods, the maker of Dano Milk, has agreed to build a Danish-designed state-of-the-art commercial dairy farm in Kaduna state with its joint-venture partner, Tolaram Group, as part of efforts to boost local milk production.
The company announced over the weekend that the dairy farm’s construction, which has already begun, is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
According to Arla, the 200-hectare farm in Kaduna state will house 400 imported dairy cows, a modern milking parlor, advanced animal cooling technology, and all other modern dairy farm technology. In addition, the farm will produce all roughage for feeding and will provide housing for its employees. Arla’s dairy will process the milk.
Snorri Sigurdsson, an Arla Foods farm management expert, says of the agreement, “We are extremely pleased by the signing of the construction agreement with our joint-venture partners, Tolaram Group.” This marks the beginning of bigger things in Nigeria’s dairy sector, and we are thrilled to be building the farm in Kaduna, Nigeria’s Dairy State! Without a doubt, this collaboration will significantly contribute to the increase of local milk production in Nigeria.”
The farm will be built on the land of the Damau Household Milk Farm project, where Arla has entered into a public-private partnership with the Kaduna state government to support approximately 1,000 local dairy farmers and 3,000 imported cows with investment in milk collection and processing, as well as training to improve milk production, animal husbandry techniques, and farm profitability, thereby enhancing Nigeria’s dairy sector.