By Chioma Umeha
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has applauded the efforts of FrieslandCampina WAMCO, makers of Peak and Three Crowns Milk, in creating and successfully hosting Nigeria’s first Dairy Farmers’ Day programme.
In a message delivered at the occasion, Ogbeh said, “This first edition of the Dairy Farmers’ Day highlights the importance of dairy farming in the provision of food and employment for rural farmers. It celebrates and encourages dairy farmers from the five Local Government Areas where the Dairy Development Programme (DDP) is currently being implemented in Oyo State.
“Let me reiterate the Federal Government’s commitment to the success of FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s DDP which has taken a firm root in Oyo State and is spreading to other parts of the country.” Five dairy farmers emerged winners from the five LGAs where the DDP has produced excellent improvements in dairy farming standards, local milk sourcing, improved business model and farmers’ livelihood.
Each winner of the award for good dairy farming practices got a brand new motorbike, which was presented by the Chairman Board of Directors, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mr Moyo Ajekigbe. The winners are Adamu Aliu Poku of Fashola LGA, Kadade Amodu (Alaga LGA), Mohammed Osomo (Iseyin LGA), Amuda Yusuff Aliu (Maya LGA) and Abdukareem Jubril (Saki LGA).
In his address, Mr. Ben Langat, Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, said, “As a company, we will continue to lead in steering economic solutions in the dairy sector and play a key role in the on-going efforts to improve and maximise the potentials of dairy farming in Nigeria.
Today’s event celebrates all our farmers across the communities here in Oyo State where the Dairy Development Programme is currently being implemented.
It also facilitates knowledge exchange and experiential learning between our local dairy farmers and dairy experts from within and outside Nigeria.” The event featured presentation on the theme: “Dairy Farming: A Business Lead for Economic Growth” as well as panel discussions.