FG To Unveil New Dairy Policy June 4

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FG To Unveil New Dairy Policy June

According to the Minister of state for Agriculture and Food Security, Sabi Abdullahi the federal government has hinted at plans to unveil a comprehensive new Dairy Policy by June 4th.

The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, will officially unveil the policy which is indeed a pivotal step towards self-sufficiency in both dairy production and reduction in the reliance on imports. The minister hinted on this while at an event to mark this year’s World Milk Day.

This year’s celebration is focused on Nigeria’s theme, “Harnessing the Nutrition and Investment opportunities in the Dairy Value Chain”, with the aim of identifying the critical role the dairy industry played in ensuring quality nutrition for Nigerians, especially women and children.

The policy according to the minister will introduce sveral programmes, projects, and interventions designed to enhance dairy farming practices, foster public-private partnership, promote animal health, increase investment in dairy processing as well as preservation in order to improve the shelf life and nutritional value of dairy products.

The policy is also expected to enhance ease in doing business in the country and foster the implementation of evidence-based policies in order to strengthen data collection, supply chain. The policy will also ease up market access and promote collaboration between the private sector and government agencies to raise awareness and coordinate efforts among others.

Abdullahi said the new policy became expedient when stakeholders raised concern that Nigeria can only bridge its estimated annual $1.3 billion dairy import when the federal government provides the needed infrastructure to drive investment and help reduce the cost of production.

He concluded by expressing his heartfelt gratitude to President Tinubu for his visionary leadership and to all partners and stakeholders for their support in transforming the dairy value chain saying that the collective efforts will enhance food and nutrition security, improve livelihoods, and contribute to the nation’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

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