Nestlé celebrates 2,500 liters per day milestone

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Nestlé’s Nigeria Livestock Development Project (NLDP) celebrated a milestone of 2,500 liters of fresh milk per day from just 200 liters collected on the first day of milk collection on June 1, 2021.

The result of a collaboration between Nestlé Nigeria, “CBiIL” and 2SCALE, the NLDP provides 1,500 L/day to the Paikon Kore grazing reserve and 1,000 L/day to the Kachia grazing reserve.

Nestlé Nigeria Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Victoria Uwadoka, who revealed it during the World Milk Day 2022 celebration in Paikon Kore, said the collection of 2,500 litres/day was made possible by 25 cooperatives comprising more than 625 households milking between 4,000 and 6,000 cows every day.

These cooperatives were formed and nurtured for more than 18 months to obtain the good quality fresh milk now produced through the project, Uwadoka added.

The World Milk Day 2022 celebration in Paikon Kore provided a platform to recognize and reward farmers who have excelled in various aspects of dairy production.

Rewards categories included; The most productive male (AbdulrahmanRabia), the most productive female (Rabia Raga), the best aggregator (Shehu Muhammed), the best cooperative Kosan Denko, the best dairy community and the least spoiled aggregator (Adamu Abdullah). The recipients were delighted and expressed their thanks to Nestlé and the NLDP.

The Permanent Secretary, FCT, Mr. Olusade Adesola, said: “It is good to see that milk production has steadily increased from 150 to 1,500 liters per day over the last two years of this partnership. I have been given to understand that the products of this center are sold in markets inside and outside the Federal Capital Territory. »

Also speaking, Mandate Secretary, ARDS, Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim said, “It may interest you all to know that since the reactivation of MCCC in 2021 in partnership with Nestlé Nigeria PLC, daily milk production has increased from around 300 to 1,500 litres. .

“This is the result of the continuous training and improvement initiatives of both partners and the support of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. If the NLDP partnership’s plans to introduce new cattle breeds and a demonstration farm come to fruition, milk production in the FCT will get a boost.

Nestlé continues to leverage its expertise in the dairy sector to help build a sustainable dairy ecosystem through the NLDP to achieve its goal of creating shared value with Nigerian actors in the dairy value chain. The program contributes to the local economy by training and empowering residents and then purchasing services from them.

The NLDP is based on three pillars: better forage, better quality and better products. This objective will be achieved by improving cooperative dynamics, promoting better herd health and promoting hygienic milk collection and handling practices.

The NLDP has trained more than 1,400 producers in modern milk handling and milking hygiene techniques to help them produce to industry standards, opening up more routes to market. Nestlé pays a premium above market rates in addition to helping families increase production and improve the quality of their products.

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