The Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology (FCAH&PT) Moor Plantation, Ibadan, in collaboration with Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Science, Netherlands, on Friday concluded the 2-week training on NUFFIC Tailor-Made Training.
The training with the theme "Strengthening capacities for Institutional
Staff and Lead Women along the Dairy Value Chain in South Western, Nigeria," started on the 9th-20th of May,2022.
The training was held in two different institutions; first, at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (9th-14th) and Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology (15th-20th).
It was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the NUFFIC program and co-funded by FCAH&PT and OAU.
In his welcoming address, the College Provost, Dr. Adekoya Owosibo, described the training as Train the Trainers.
According to him, the program is geared towards strengthening, empowering and equipping the Institutional staff and women involved in the Dairy Value Chain in Nigeria.
Owosibo urged the participants to ensure that all they acquired during the training is transferred to the end users, so that the country will benefit from it.
The Provost, while speaking with CEOAFRICA reporter stated that the participants were selected from three different institutions in Nigeria; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Ibadan and Federal University of Technology, Akure(FUTA)
He noted that the aim of the training is to boost Nigeria Dairy Production and the sponsors are from the Netherlands.
He said "the training is to boost Nigeria Dairy Production and sponsored by Nuffic from Netherlands. It is called Nuffic Made Training.
As I earlier described the training as "as Train the Trainers, the trainees are expected to extend the knowledge to students, farmers and other stakeholders in the field of dairy science.
According to him, the training will go a long way to contribute to Nigeria Food Security because even the school, FCAHPT will be producing milk and also be training others.
One of the trainers, Jacob Duinstra, from Netherland while speaking with CEOAFRICA said the aim of the training is to learn more about the dairy chain and train institutional lecturers more about the dairy.
Duinstra noted that the mission is to enlighten farmers on the larger view of the dairy chain and how to improve it and make changes.
According to him, the training will also help farmers to be able to produce added value produce of the milk gotten from the farm animal.
He further stated that a project plan on how to improve the dairy chain will be executed in the coming years.
In a chat with CEOAFRICA, Miss Nyasha Ngirande, from Netherland, one of the resource persons spoke on "Innovative Dairy Chain Management", she disclosed that the participants were trained on quality control on the farm, how to practice good hygiene and good dairy management practices, to ensure they have a clean milk produce.
Ngirande further stated that the trainees were also trained on how to be quality conscious, how the practice done by the farmers must have impact on the quality of the milk that is going to be processed.
She also noted that they were taught on the quality test that the farmer can do on the farm before the milk leaves the farm; putting emphasis on the use of antibiotics.
On the aim, Ngirande said the training is to equip the farmers with scale made technologies, which they can apply in quality management and quality control at the leveL of Nigeria Dairy Chain.
A certificate of training was awarded to each of the participants at the end of the program.