The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to evolve a National Dairy Policy to stem annual import of milk and other dairy products estimated at 1.3 billion dollars.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Bello Umar, made this known at the 4th Global Dairy Congress Africa tagged: “Accelerating Investment and Cooperation of Dairy in Africa.” in Abuja.
He said the policy would help tackle the multi-faceted challenges in the dairy sector in the country.
Umar decried that the Nigerian cattle contributed a conservative estimate of 50,000 litres to daily supply and consumption of aggregated and bulked milk, which he said was less than 20 percent of local potential.
“Nigeria’s milk production is poor as it accounts for only 13 per cent of West African production and 0.01 per cent of global dairy output.
“The theme for this congress aligns with the aspiration and agenda of government to improve dairy sub-sector to a level where it will be a major global player in supply of wholesome dairy products,” he said.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the move to improve Nigeria’s output has become necessary to increase its global rating adding that this would also boost revenue generation, create job opportunities and ensure healthy living for citizens.