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There is a global interest in the huge Nigerian dairy market

Nigeria spends $1.3 billion on dairy imports. With a population of over 180 million people and an insufficient milk production, the country currently imports 70% of its dairy products. Recently the government set itself the target of doubling its milk production over the next 3-4 years.

The nigerian dairy market is certainly proving to be very interesting for global producers, including those in northern Europe, and has even involved institutions. In the company of a large delegation, Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visited the factories of Arla Foods, one of the world’s largest dairy companies. The interest shown was undoubtedly reciprocal. With its classic manufacturing company, Denmark is certainly attracted by a multi-million market like that of Nigeria; and Nigeria, with its milk supply problems (a cow in Nigeria can on average only produce 1 kg of milk per day), is looking for new ways to improve its breeding system and optimize processes, yield and product quality.

Steen Hadsbjerg, Senior Vice President of Arla Foods for sub-Saharan Africa, stated that Nigeria is key to entering West Africa’s market and that the local dairy industry in Nigeria must be developed in order to create a sustainable supply chain that contributes to food safety and the creation of local jobs.

Senior Technical Advisor to the Nigerian Prime Minister Andrew Kwasari appreciated the working methods of the Danish cooperative, which, through knowledge sharing, will undoubtedly help Nigerian farmers deal with a series of challenges regarding logistics, infrastructure, organisation, quality and productivity. Arla is seen as a solid partner that will help build a sustainable dairy industry in Nigeria, especially as it is a farmer-owned dairy cooperative.

We will no doubt hear more and more about the potential of Nigeria whose market will attract a considerable amount of interest. Denmark has understood this and is proceeding in the right way – the sustainable way.