The Nigerian Dairy Industry at Ikun Diariry Farm, Ekiti, has received the first shipment of pregnant Jersey breed dairy cows from the United States of America.
In a statement issued to the U.S. Consulate, the Ikun Dairy, a joint venture between Promasidor Nigeria and the Ekiti Government, reveals that it plans to produce 10,000 liters of milk daily.
The Ikun dairy is also set to receive two more shipments of dairy cows from the United States in the next couple of weeks.
Agricultural Affairs counselor at the U.S. Mission to Nigeria, Gerald Smith, made it known that the U.S. dairy cows would increase local milk production and contribute significantly to ensure the sustainability of food and security in Nigeria.
Smith said the successful cattle shipment was due to the strong partnership between the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria, the Ikun Dairy Farm, and some senior officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture with enthusiastic support the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Smith further explained that in support of the Nigeria diary, the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Mission was creating a two-week long training program in the United States for different Nigeria dairy stakeholders.