Arla Foods, maker of Dano Milk, has inaugurated its state-of-the-art dairy farm in Kaduna as part of its efforts to ensure sustainable milk production in Nigeria.
With the dairy farm, the company is targeting four million kilogramme of annual milk production.
The farm located in Damau village, Kubau Local Government Area, Kaduna State, was inaugurated on Thursday, May 25, 2023, by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, El-Rufai described the dairy farm as a significant milestone and game-changer for the dairy sector in Nigeria. He commended the management of Arla Foods for having faith and confidence in Nigeria and the Kaduna State Government.
According to El-Rufai, the Arla Dairy Farm is a testament to the commitment of the Kaduna State government to collaborating with private organisations and providing the enabling environment for businesses to set up and thrive in the state.
The farm is designed to ensure optimum animal welfare and productivity and covers 400 Ha of land, with the capacity to house 400 milking cows and 1000 animals in total. Currently, the farm is home to 216 Danish Holstein cows, which arrived in May 2023 and are settling well into their new environment.
Simon Stevens, the executive vice president of Arla Foods International, in his address, described the completion of the farm as a massive achievement for Arla Foods in its journey in Nigeria and globally, noting that this success exemplifies the significance of solid partnership and the vast potential available in Nigeria. He disclosed that the project was conceived in line with the quest to achieve a number of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, including 2, 8, 12 and 17.