Stakeholders advocate healthy living at World Milk Day
TG Arla, makers of Dano milk has restated its commitment to the promotion of healthy lifestyle through the intake of milk, especially among children and young Nigerians.
The company made the commitment at a press briefing in collaboration with the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) and the Lagos State government to commemorate the 2017 World Milk Day with the theme: Raise a Glass, Nourish a Child.
The parley, which was attended by stakeholders in the health sector, stressed the need for milk intake and its benefits to the overall well-being and full development of the Nigerian child.
Managing Director of TG Arla for Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Republic of Benin, Mads Burmester said the company was taking the lead on creating a common platform with the NSN to drive milk relevance in curbing malnutrition problems in Nigeria.
“By highlighting the day and its importance to Nigeria and the Nigerian child, we aim for a big positive burst around milk and create a foundation to promote milk consumption in the country.
“As a key player in Nigeria’s dairy sector, we will intensify efforts at equipping Nigerian mothers with our range of healthy and affordable products to improve the wellbeing of the Nigerian child. We believe this sort of forum and stakeholders engagement would further bolster this cause,” he said.
President of NSN, Bartholomew Brai urged Nigerians to embrace milk drinking, saying: “Malnutrition is a major problem affecting a large section of Nigeria’s population and has been further aggravated with the displacement of persons in the North-East. There is no better time for stakeholders to come together to address the challenges of malnutrition in Nigeria.
Milk helps to tackle this problem as it contains the essential amino acids, which the body is incapable of producing by itself. It is therefore, important for us to enjoin Nigerians to regard milk consumption as top priority”.
Bartholomew lauded Dano on the initiative and affirmed NSN’s commitment to partner the brand to create an avenue to increase awareness on milk consumption among Nigerians.
Country Category Manager of Dano, Olumide Aniyikaiye said the company would continue to provide Nigerian mothers and other Nigerians with healthy, nutritional and affordable range of milk products capable of boosting the mental and physical wellbeing for the young and old.
“Dano milk has been a major player in Nigeria’s dairy sector for more than 30 years. During this period of time, we have provided Nigerian mothers with dairy products for their children. This explains why we are championing the habit of drinking milk through this conversation.
‘’Our products are natural, delicious and full of essential vitamins and minerals for children and adults. Our plain milk powder and UHT milk varieties ranging from skimmed, semi-skimmed to full cream milk satisfies each generation’s milk needs.
The World Milk Day, a significant day created by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is celebrated annually since June 1, 2001 to raise awareness for milk as a global food for healthy living. The Day provides stakeholders the opportunity to focus on milk and to publicise activities of milk and the industry globally.