The United States mission in Nigeria as part of its commitment to help grow and diversify the Nigerian economy has partnered with the Ikun dairy farm to ramp up local milk production to about 10,000 litres using cows from the United States of America (USA) This was announced via its Twitter handle on Monday where it stated that “U.S. Dairy Milk Cows in Ekiti State, Ikun dairy farm plans to reach 10,000 litres of milk daily with cows from the USA. A great collaboration with Consulate Lagos that helps Nigeria grows and diversify its economy.”
Presently Nigeria produces 700,000 metric tons (MT) of dairy products annually but demand stands at 1.3 million MT, according to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. This means there is a shortfall of 600,000 MT. Read Also: Over 5m jobs at stake as poultry farmers lament high cost of maize Data also shows that Nigeria accounts for 13 percent of West Africa’s milk production and 0.01 percent of the global milk production, therefore, experts believe that this move will boost productivity and sustainability in Nigeria’s dairy sector and also improve the activities of producers of dairy consumables.
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