Nigeria’s milk import estimated at $1.3bn annually
Nigeria’s annual import of milk and other dairy products is currently estimated at US $1.3Billion, as the country’s cattle only contribute a conservation estimate of 50,000 liters of milk daily.
According to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria’s milk production accounts for only 13% of West Africa production and 0.01% of global dairy output.
Speaking at the 4th Global Dairy Congress Africa, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Mohammed Umar, said this supply is less than 20% of local potential.
Umar who was represented by the Director, Department of Animal Husbandry Services, Mr. Bright Wategire, said Nigeria daily requirement is largely met by 60% imports and 40% local production.
The permanent secretary stated that the theme of this year congress “Accelerating Investment and Cooperation of Dairy in Africa” align with the aspiration and agenda of the government of Nigeria to fill up the dairy sub-sector to a level where it will be a major Global player in the supply of wholesome dairy products for increase in employment generation, foreign exchange reliable means of livelihood for Nigerians.
He said Nigeria is in the process of evolving a national dairy policy that will articulate a clear road map for our developmental aspirations and strategies involving broad spectrum stakeholders and multinationals in order to improve our dairy sector.
Wategire said the dairy industry is a dynamic industry with an ever increasing demand for milk products in which in Nigeria, it is dominated by pastoralists who are gradually moving away from subsistence level of production to embracing entrepreneurial ideals with emphasis on economic consideration.