‘Jersey cow importation central to Promasidor’s backward integration’
Promasidor Nigeria Limited said the importation of pregnant Jersey heifers as part of its effort to boost local dairy production and that the decision is central to its backward integration programme.
The company, through its subsidiary Ikun Dairy Farm (IDF), took delivery of 250 pregnant heifers from the United States recently, which was the second batch. The first batch came in February by the farm, a joint venture of Promasidor and the Ekiti State Government.
A statement issued by the Director of External Affairs of the company, Andrew Enahoro, said the project would boost the country’s dairy production and deepen the company’s backward integration.
“It is in line with the objectives of the Ekiti State Government and Promasidor to make the dairy farm a model of backward integration on a commercial scale. Upon calving, the milk production on the farm will be boosted by the Jersey heifers’ arrival as an animal is expected to produce an average of 20 litres of milk per day,” he said.
Enahoro also appreciated the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s efforts in granting access to the facility to make the programme a success, saying the company’s backward integration would ultimately boost its job-creating capacity.