The Kaduna State Government has commended Arla Foods Nigeria for its significant investment in the Arla Farm project, which is poised to enhance milk and dairy production in Nigeria. During a visit to the Arla Farm in Damau, Kaduna State, top government officials expressed their support for the project and its potential to contribute to the sustainable development of the local dairy industry.

Peder Pedersen, Managing Director of Arla Foods Nigeria, described the visit as a strong endorsement of the company’s dedication to the project’s success. He emphasized Arla’s commitment to promoting sustainable dairy farming and fostering the growth of the local dairy sector. Pedersen expressed optimism that, with the right investments and partnerships, Nigeria could achieve self-sufficiency in milk production.

During the facility tour at the farm, Snorri Sigurdsson, Senior Manager of Raw Milk Supply and Production, stated their commitment to making Kaduna State the leading destination for dairy milk production in Nigeria. Commissioner for Agriculture, Kaduna State, Murtala Dabo, commended the impressive progress at the farm and highlighted the potential for increased milk production through improved farming practices and technology, as well as knowledge transfer to local farmers. He anticipated that Kaduna State would soon become a hub for milk production in Nigeria.

The Commissioner for Business, Innovation, and Technology, Patience Fakai, emphasized that the project would positively impact the state’s economy by offering training and job opportunities for youths. Sabiu Sani, Special Adviser to the Kaduna State Governor on Investment and Promotion, expressed satisfaction with the quality of the facilities and Arla’s commitment to enterprise development, noting that the facility would support the government’s household milk farm project.

Tamar Nandul, Managing Director of Kaduna Markets Development and Management Company, praised the partnership with Arla and the company’s $20 million investment in constructing a milk processing plant on the farm. She revealed that the state government, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria, has allocated N15 billion for infrastructure development around the farm, reinforcing its support for the project’s success.


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