BY CHIOMA UMEHA
From solely 200 litres collected on the first day of milk collection on June 1, 2021, Nestlé's Nigeria Livestock Development Project (NLDP) has reached a milestone of 2,500 litres of fresh milk each day.
NLDP distributes 1,500 L/day at Paikon Kore Grazing Reserve and 1,000 L/day at Kachia Grazing Reserve, thanks to a partnership between Nestlé Nigeria, 'CBiIL,' and 2SCALE.
Victoria Uwadoka, Nestlé Nigeria's corporate communications and public relations manager, stated the 2,500L/day collection was made possible by 25 cooperatives with around 625 households milking between 4,000 and 6,000 cows every day.
These cooperatives have been coached and mentored for over 18 months in order to provide the high-quality fresh milk that the project now produces, according to Uwadoka.
The World Milk Day 2022 celebration at Paikon Kore provided an opportunity to recognize and celebrate farmers who excelled in many elements of milk production.
Highest Producing Male (Abdulrahman Rabia), Highest Producing Female (Rabia Raga), Best Aggregator (Shehu Muhammed), Best Cooperative Kosan Denko, Best Milking Community, and Aggregator with Least Spoilage were among the categories of awards given out (Adamu Abdullah). The recipients were ecstatic and thanked Nestlé and the NLDP for their generosity.
"It is pleasing to notice that milk production has gradually increased from 150 to 1,500 litres everyday during the last two years of this cooperation," stated Mr. Olusade Adesola, FCT's permanent secretary. I've been told that this center's items are offered in markets both inside and outside the Federal Capital Territory."
"It may interest you all to know that since the reopening of the MCCC in 2021 in conjunction with Nestlé Nigeria PLC, daily milk output has climbed from around 300 to 1,500 litres," said Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim, mandate secretary, ARDS.
"This is the outcome of both partners' ongoing training and improvement initiatives, as well as support from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Milk output in the FCT would be boosted if efforts by the NLDP partnership to introduce new cattle breeds and a demonstration farm succeed as planned."
Through the NLDP, Nestlé continues to use its dairy knowledge to assist build a healthy dairy ecosystem, achieving its goal of Creating Shared Value with Nigerian dairy value chain stakeholders. By providing people with training and empowerment, and then purchasing their services, the initiative benefits to the local economy.
Better Fodder, Better Quality, and Better Products are the three pillars of the NLDP. Improved cooperative dynamics, improved herd health, and hygienic milk collecting and handling techniques will all help achieve this goal.
Over 1,400 producers have been educated in modern Milk Handling and Milking Hygiene practices by the NLDP, allowing them to produce to industry standards and expand their market opportunities. In addition to helping the families raise output and improve the quality of their products, Nestlé pays a premium over market rates.