Outspan Nigeria Limited (ONL), a subsidiary of Olan Food Ingredients, has opened five milk collection centers in Kano State in response to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s commitment to increase local milk production in Nigeria.
The most recent of these collection centers was opened last week in Falgore, Doguwa Local Government Area, while the others were in Dawanau, Imawa, Dan-Hassan, and Tasa, all in Kano State.
According to the ONL, its large-scale investment in the area is aimed at achieving large-scale development of the local dairy value chain.
Mr. Manish Khede, ONL’s Regional Manager, stated that the company “will continue to support the local dairy value chain to ensure the country achieves self-sufficiency in milk production.” In line with the government’s economic development agenda, we have a track record of working with local farmers to increase their productivity and income levels while broadening the agriculture value chain.”
As the value chain investment plans are implemented in stages, Khede promised that the company would not back down from scaling its support for smallholder dairy farmers.
Meanwhile, during the commissioning ceremony, a representative of the CBN, Mr. Garba Aminu, emphasized the apex bank’s commitment to providing the necessary assistance to businesses and smallholder farmers in order to accelerate the country’s attainment of food self-sufficiency.
The Chairman of Doguwa LGA, Hon. Mamuda Hudu, said at the opening of the milk collection center in Falgore that the investment would stimulate a robust local economy, create linkages for smallholder dairy farmers, and generate jobs in the area.
Hudu was also excited about the prospect of local dairy farmers and women in the area gaining access to new markets and opportunities to sell their milk to large industrial off-takers rather than trekking to distant towns.
“Outspan Nigeria Limited is making a significant investment in our communities by constructing a milk collection center in Doguwa LGA,” he said. The collection center will boost the economic activities of our local dairy farmers while also assisting our young people in finding jobs in the dairy value chain.”