The Government of Ogun State and Fan Milk Plc (Danone) officially sealed partnership agreement on Dairy Value Chain activities in Ogun State, at the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony held at the Governor’s Office Oke-Mosan, on Thursday, 28th January 2021 and subsequent groundbreaking (foundation laying ceremony) at Odeda Farm Institute, the site of the proposed Fan Milk & Danone Model Dairy Farm & Dairy Training Institute where construction work is already ongoing.
The partnership agreement is a significant step in actualizing the Backward Integration Plan (BIP) of Fan Milk Plc (Danone), which aims to improve the local farmer and community participation in dairy farming, with a target production of 1.4million litres of milk in the next 24 months.
The Project, among other things, involves the establishment of a Model Dairy Farm and Dairy Training Institute at Odeda Farm Institute, Odeda LGA, Ogun State.
Speaking, His Excellency, Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun, MFR, acknowledged the contribution of Fan Milk Plc to the socio-economic development of Nigeria, while expressing his firm belief in the impacts the project would have on the overall well-being of the people of Ogun State.
The Fan Milk/Danone Backward Integration Plan aligns with the Ogun State Agricultural Agenda of Support to Smallholder farming and Linkage to Industrial Process, Job Creation, Agricultural Industrialization, Food and Nutrition, Support to Private Sector, Food Security and a strong resolve to connect all Agencies and Multi-National/International Development Partners, who have the mandate to support Agriculture and Value Chain Actors.
Dignitaries at the event included the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Jerome Pasqueir; Consul General of France Lagos, Mrs Laurence Monmayrant, Regional Agricultural Counsellor, Dr. Sonia Darracq; Economic Counsellor, Mr Pascal Furth; Chairman of Fan Milk, Olayinka Akinkugbe; Managing Director of Fan Milk; Ferdinand Moukwa, Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of Fan Milk, Mr Olakunle Olusanya.
Others are the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi; Chief of Staff to the Govenor, Alhaji Shuaib Afolabi Salisu; Commissioner for Finance/Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor, Mr Dapo Okubadejo; Commissioner for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Mrs Kikelomo Longe.
Also in attendance were Ogun Agric team, led by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina; comprised of the Senior Special Assistants to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr. Adelaja Kuye and Hon. Tolu Bankole; Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Dotun Sorunke.
The Director of Administration, Director of Agricultural Services; Programme Manager, Ogun State Cassava Revolution Programme; Programme Manager, Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme, and the Principal of Odeda Farm Institute, Ogun State were among the attendees.