NOTAP Collaborates with Friesland Campina WAMCO on Dairy Development
The National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) is collaborating with Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc to facilitate diary development as an initiative to improve the local content of Dairy production in Nigeria.
The Director General of NOTAP, Dr. DanAzumi Ibrahim said the Office is synergizing with the company to ensure the domestication of foreign technology through the establishment of dairy development projects in Nigeria with reference to the pilot in Ibadan, Oyo State. He added that the initiative is to form a cluster around the cattle farmers, where they are trained on global best practices in breeding and milk production for improved yields.
He further said NOTAP was ready and committed to collaborate with sister agencies and relevant stakeholders in ensuring the transfer and domestication of foreign technology for the socio-economic development of Nigeria. Dr. Ibrahim was speaking when he led a delegation of NOTAP staff and other stakeholders in a visit to Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria Plc in Lagos.
The DG stated that the collaboration between NOTAP and Friesland Campina WAMCO was a follow-up to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative in dairy development project consummated by the two organizations.
In his remarks, the MD of Friesland Campina WAMCO, Mr. Rahul Colaco gave a rundown of his company activities and operation and disclosed plans to accomplish the company’s mission which is “Nourishing Nigerians with Quality Dairy Nutrition”.
Mr. Rahul said Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria is a Multinational company, affiliated with the Royal Friesland Campina of the Netherlands, the largest dairy cooperative in the world with 19006 cooperative farmers. He said the company was estimated in Nigeria over sixty years ago, with a distribution network spread across 36 states of the federation.
He further informed the NOTAP delegation that the company is the 5th largest Dairy Company in the world being the first and best to be established in Nigeria. The MD revealed that there are about four hundred known ingredients in milk and many more ingredients are further being discovered through research.
The Company’s Chief Executive also said in terms of corporate social responsibility, the company is collaborating with schools in Nigeria to improve the nutrition of children. He added that the company is providing PhD scholarship to a student of Modibbo Adama University, Yola Adamawa State through NOTAP Industry Technology Transfer Fellowship (NITTF) scheme. The Company is also offering scholarship to the best graduating student of Food Science and Technology of the same University.
He pointed out that the company’s Dairy Development Programme (DPP) in Nigeria is a replica of the programme in Vietnam, India and Malaysia. The programme which targets about 500,000 cattle farmers started in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
The MD further stated that the company has built a very successful global dairy programme and that Nigeria has the potential to excel in dairy development. He added that some Vietnamese dairy farmers will be visiting Nigeria to interact with the Nigerian farmers on the strategies to move the dairy project forward through training.
He said that the local content of milk production in the country at the moment is 10% but the company is working towards a sustainable 20% in the shortest possible time. He thanked the DG for his visit and looked forward to further collaboration in the future.
Raymond Onyenezi Ogbu