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An agricultural company, REAL People Concept, with major focus on livestock production, has initiated advocacy for the involvement of youth in dairy production.
Managing Director of the company, Mr Tunmise Olagbaju, who made this known during a workshop organized by the company in commemoration of the year 2022 World Milk Day celebration, said this is with the sole aim of ensuring abundant milk supply to Nigerians.
Speaking on the theme: “Empowering Youth For Sustainable Dairy Production In Nigeria”, Olagbaju said the essence of the gathering was to bring together the actors and stakeholders in the dairy industry to drive support for participation and engagement of youth in dairy development.
“We realized that we have huge deficit when it comes to our milk production and productivity in Nigeria. So, we need young people to come into dairy production, particularly so that we can take advantage of the massive opportunities that exist in the dairy industry”, he said.
In his keynote address at the event, Provost, Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology (FCAH&PT), Ibadan, Dr Adekoya Owosibo, stated that the theme of the workshop truly reflects the current trends, recent advances and new approaches in the Nigerian dairy value chain.
He further noted that “milk has always been a healthy drink because of the high range of nutrients it contains. It is primary source of nutrition for infant mammals before it can digest any other type of food.
“Apart from being a great source of nutrition, milk and dairy products are also a means of livelihood for nearly a billion people across the globe.
“Today, the rate of unemployment and youth restiveness is alarming. Dairy industry provides a wide range of opportunity for youth to earn income, create wealth and contribute to sustainable food production, thereby reducing over dependence on import”, he said.
The General Manager, Dairy Development Operations Friesland Campina, Nigeria Plc, John Adekunle Olayiwola, in his address to participants, charged them on the implications of the workshop.
“I believe, this is an opportunity for you as young people and as leaders, to play a key role in taking our country Nigeria, and our people on a journey towards greater prosperity.
“This would also result in an increasingly vibrant future fueled by your enthusiasm, your passion and, of course, through more inclusive and collective efforts.
“As young leaders, I encourage you to think critically about the role of governance and transparency and how these need to be central tenets in building a strong future for Nigeria in the dairy world, which in turn will support the GDP of the country and provide employment for our youth and generations to come”, stated.

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