Don seeks investment in dairy production

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A former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Prof Abiodun Adeloye is seeking increased investment in the diary sector, saying it will support jobs in rural communities.

He said supporting the industry would ensure that dairy farmers find new ways to improve productivity and efficiency in their operations.

He said the market opportunity presented by the conversion of raw milk consumption into processed milk was huge, adding that the farmers needed support of best practices to increase yields, boost output quality, and, ultimately, raise incomes.

According to him, the decline in volumes have impacted investments in the sector and marred the initiatives taken to develop milk farming communities and a cool chain infrastructure.

While supply has not been able to keep up with demand, Adeloye noted that for many years, the dairy sector has fallen short of its promise.

He explained that dairy farmers were not sure whether their milk produce will be bought or not because of lack of enough processing facilities and infrastructure.

He said the government should empower Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to make dairy products.

In most of the rural areas, farmers face the challenge of feeder roads to ease transportation to milk collection centres and dairies.

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