The United States has began its support to the Nigerian Milk production through the supply of better breed of dairy cows and intensive training session.
In a statement by the US mission to Nigeria, the first shipment of pregnant Jersey breed dairy cows from the United States has arrived at Ikun Dairy Farm, Ekiti State.
This according to the statement is a move targeted at providing a better breed of cow for the rapidly growing Nigerian dairy industry.
This is also to support the Ikun Dairy Farm production which targets 10,000 liters of milk daily for the next couple of weeks.
Speaking on this development, the Counselor of Agricultural Affairs at the Mission, Gerald Smith, said:
“Promasidor Nigeria Limited in partnership with Ekiti State Government and with the strong support of the Central Bank of Nigeria have successfully started an integrated dairy industry in Nigeria with the acquisition of the first batch of pregnant Jersey breed dairy cows from the USA. A sustainable dairy industry requires modern genetic cows. This collaboration marks the start of increasing milk production and enhancing the dairy value chain in Nigeria.”
Also, the United State Consulate General in Nigeria has announced that it is designing a two-week long training program in the United States for diverse Nigerian dairy stakeholders.
The training program which is scheduled to hold later this year will introduce participants to the unique characteristics and genetic potential of U.S. dairy cows.