The Osun Government is to create 25,000 new direct and indirect jobs through the dairy project development activities of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mudasiru Toogun, former Osun Commissioner for Special Duties, has said.
Toogun said this during the project’s stakeholders meeting in Osogbo where it was revealed that Osun was a beneficiary of the Federal Government project.
2-Scale and Friesland Campina Wamco in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture had selected Osun as one of the beneficiaries of the dairy project.
He said the project would create new jobs and also engage farmers in the dairy farm value chain, thereby boosting the economy of the state.
Dr Oluwabukola Aluko, the Coordinating Director of Osun Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, noted that the dairy potential of Osun had been recognised and the state was ready to collaborate with the milk company.
The collaboration would promote employment for the youth, women, Fulani dairy farmers and other potential milk producers in the state.
Representative of 2-Scale, Mohammed Zelani, stated that the project would be of benefit to the state and Nigeria as a whole
Zelani said Friesland Campina Wamco was a producer of milk brand in Nigeria which intended to source 100,000 litres of milk per day to be processed into high quality product.
He said the company was ready to work with the Livestock Development Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture to explore and develop the dairy value chain to source raw milk from potential milk producers in Osun.