Nigeria Tops Africa's Malnutrition Chart, Fg Launches Dairy Policy To Tackle Crisis

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nigeria tops africas malnutrition chart fg launches dairy policy to tackle crisis
Nigeria Tops Africas Malnutrition Chart, FG Launches Dairy Policy to Tackle Crisis

The Federal Government has lamented Nigerias ranking as number one in Africa and second globally in malnutrition prevalence, with over 25 million undernourished and stunted children. To address this, the government has launched the National Dairy Policy, aimed at transforming the dairy and livestock sectors to achieve food and nutritional security.

Vice-President Kashim Shettima, represented by Dr. Kingsley Uzoma, stated that the dairy industry plays a critical role in tackling malnutrition, providing essential nutrients for proper growth and development. Despite growing demand, the sector faces challenges like low productivity, inadequate infrastructure, and limited market access.

The government has pledged to support investments in the sector, including backward integration projects by companies like FrieslandCampina WAMCO and Danones Fan Milk, to boost local milk production and foster a strong market for dairy products. The Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, assured support for milk collection centers and cooperative businesses, emphasizing the need for massive investment and industry collaboration to drive growth and productivity.