Integrated Dairies Ltd (IDL), producers of Farm Fresh milk, has stepped up its efforts to support the agricultural needs of residents of Vom District of Jos South Local Government, Plateau State.
The company’s Managing Director, Sheyin Shekarri made this known during a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign in the community.
Shekarri said that IDL would soon introduce a “small farm holders programme’’ where a model farm would be set up to teach interested farmers how to manage a cattle farm, with IDL supplying the feeds and buying the milk produced by the cattle.
This, he said, would help in ensuring residents adopt the modern method of mixed farming – just as it is done in advanced societies.
“The scheme will involve local cows which will be cross-inseminated with exotic breed so as to shore up their yields and get 10 to 15 litres of milk per day, instead of the average of one litre from the local breeds.
“The resolve to buy the milk from the farmers is to support them to maximise their profit and also ensure a ready market for their milk.
“From what we have designed, farmers interested in this scheme will make good profit. And, of course, the more cows one has, the higher the profit.
“If we can have many farmers participating in the scheme, the area’s economy will surely witness a vast improvement,’’ he said.