At the event, managing director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Ben Langat, commended the dairy farmers under its Dairy Development Programme (DDP) across 90 communities on the progress made so far, especially their recent record of supplying 27,045 liters of milk in one day, years after the first 400 liters daily collection to Fashola in 2011.
However, he urged farmers to increase their raw milk yield to justify the company’s plan to set up a milk processing center in the area.
“We are not only committed to providing affordable dairy products, we are also charged with the responsibility of increasing local milk sourcing and ensuring consumers, children and our dairy farmers enjoy the goodness of milk every day,” Langat said.
FrieslandCampina WAMCO currently has five milk collection centers, 10 milk collection points and 10 currently under construction across various communities in Oyo state.
He noted that as part of the activities organized by the company to celebrate the World Milk Day this year, it was important to celebrate the dairy farmers from where the process begins. This year, the company leveraged on the ongoing Ramadan fast by treating the dairy farmers and their families to a nourishing feast of milk infused meals at Iftar when they broke their fast.
Vice president of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Prof. Wasiu Afolabi, was also at the event to engage and educate the farmers on the importance of consuming milk regularly, explaining how it helps support healthy lifestyles for both children and adults.
World Milk Day is celebrated every June 1 and was established by United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. It is an opportunity to raise global awareness on the importance of milk as a healthy diet, responsible food production and supporting dairy farm communities.
Since 2011, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has been working together with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) on its Dairy Development Programme (DDP) to improve local sourcing of milk in alignment with national development goals.