WMD: Milk, eggs, fish, others to receive special intervention – FG

As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the 2024 World Milk Day, the Federal Government has set “Meat, dairy, eggs, fish and other protein from animal sources in its medium-term priority actions will receive our special intervention to increase productivity target of annual growth rate of 10% year on year.

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, during a press briefing to mark the World Milk Day Celebration Saturday in Abuja, said it is difficult to attaining food and nutrition security without animal-source foods which provide the irreplaceable nutrients from animal protein sources required for growth and development, especially for children in Nigeria.

According to him, the report has it that Nigeria can only bridge its estimated annual $1.3 billion dairy import when the Federal Government provides the needed infrastructure to drive investment and help reduce cost of production.

He said, “We are not globally competitive in dairy production. It cost about N300 to produce a litre of milk in Nigeria as against imported powdered milk which is about N150 per litre,

“All these and many more formed the foundation upon which the National Dairy Policy was developed as the radar for the journey of transformation of this crucial industry in Nigeria over the next years ahead.”

Also, one of the partners, the Commercial Dairy Ranchers Association of Nigeria (CODARAN), stated that it is focused on promoting the production, processing, marketing, and consumption of quality and nutritious dairy products across Africa made from local resources, has over the last five years, in collaboration with key industry stakeholders piloted the World Milk Day Celebrations in Nigeria.

The National President CODARAN, Alhaji Muhammadu D. Abubakar, hailed the government for unveiling the National Dairy Policy saying the Association had worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) from the formulation of the National Dairy Policy to when it was eventually approved by the Federal Executive Council in May 2023.

“It is our belief that the judicious implementation of all the provisions of the National Dairy Policy will catalyse strategic investments in the dairy value chain that will drive Nigeria towards self-sufficiency in milk and dairy products,” he said

Also, the Director, Federal Department of Animal Husbandry Services, Mrs Wonnie Lai-Solarin, said “The theme of this year’s global celebration is: “Let’s celebrate Nutritious and Sustainable Dairy draws attention on the need to deliver quality nutrition to nourish “our citizens especially women and children, improving the livelihoods of dairy farmers and other value chain actors, creating employment and increasing the economic growth of our country.

“This briefing will focus on the transformation of the Nigeria dairy value chain towards attaining food and nutrition security and delivering on the Renewed Hope Agenda of Food Security, Economic growth and job creation, poverty alleviation, inclusivity and contributing to security of local producers,” she said.