JUST IN: Fan Milk, Obasanjo Farms Partner To Boost Agric Sector

Fan Milk, Obasanjo Farms Partner To Boost Agric Sector

Milk Plc and the Obasanjo Farms Limited, have entered into a strategic partnership, aimed at advancing dairy farming expansion and promoting local sourcing in Nigeria.

The farm, situated in Iseyin, Oyo State, is expected to produce 300 heifers within the first year of project and it is expected that the farm would double that figure by end of December 2026 while Fan Milk will be importing 100 heifers from Egypt.

Fan Milk would off-take the fresh milk produced according to the terms of the five-year partnership agreement and would also provide training and technical capacity building for the personnel.

The collaboration is expected to lead to the creation of employment opportunities, particularly in rural areas while both companies are committed to engaging with local communities to foster positive , address social concerns, and promote responsible corporate citizenship.

Speaking on the partnership, former President and chairman of Obasanjo Farms limited expressed excitement over the partnership, saying it will drive forward dairy farm expansion and local sourcing initiatives.

“By investing in training and capacity-building programs for local farmers, we will empower communities, enhance productivity, and contribute to the development of Nigeria's agricultural sector,” Obasanjo said

On his part, the general manager of Danone Sub-Saharan Mr. Herve Barrere, said the partnership emphasised the importance of sourcing raw materials locally, empowering local farmers, improving their livelihoods, and contributing to the growth of the agricultural sector”.

“This partnership marks a significant milestone in Fan Milk Plc commitment to backward integration, following the successful launch of its model dairy farm in Odeda Ogun state and training for local dairy farmers in the Odeda Dairy Training Institute in 2022.

“It also aligns with some of the current administration's 8-point agenda, including ensuring security, promoting economic growth and creation, and ending poverty.”

Also speaking, the Project Lead for Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited, Dr. Olusegun Ariyo, said, “We are very pleased to be partnering with Fan Milk Plc (A Danone Company) on this remarkable journey. This is no doubt important towards achieving the ambitions we have for the dairy industry, and both Companies are taking steps towards a more efficient and economically sustainable environment for dairy farming in Nigeria.

Furthermore, the managing director of Fan Milk Plc, Kayode Adebiyi, while commenting on the development said the strategic partnership between Fan Milk Plc and Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited is designed to leverage the strengths of both companies to enhance local dairy production, reduce import dependency, and foster sustainable agricultural practices.

 

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