Sunday, March 5, 2017
Dangote to set up powder milk factory.
The Dangote Group of companies is to set up a multi-billion-shilling powder milk plant in Kenya. The conglomerate is looking at possibilities of exploiting the rich Kenyan dairy sector and the precise position, to set up a factory that would process dry milk for the Nigerian market, according to group vice-president Sani Dangote. “We will process the milk and have it shipped to Nigeria: We are first commencing with a full study to understand the value chain of the Kenyan dairy market and to evaluate the costs involved in running a full plant.” Mr Dangote said that the Nigerian market relied on a beverage company that imports in excess of 4,000 tonnes of powder milk annually. The company imports an estimated Sh1 billion worth of milk, which was still insufficient, he said. Mr Dangote said there was minimal local production of milk in the country, hence the increase in consumption of powder milk.source Mr Aliko Dangote, says 98 per cent of all dairy products consumed in the country are imported. He said that the nation was at the risk of hunger in the next few years if the mass food importation was not checked. “Ninety-eight per cent of all the milk and dairy products we consume in Nigeria are imported. “This is why Dangote Group has planned to develop dairy plants, and develop homegrown milk production, to reduce importation. more