Olam International, a leading agri-business operating across the value chain in 70 countries announced that it is investing 150 million dollar to set up two state-of-the-art animal feed mills, poultry breeding farms and a hatchery to produce day-old-chicks in Kaduna State.
At a co-hosted ground breaking ceremony held in Kaduna State at the Chikpiri Gabas village in Chikun Local Government area of the state, Olam Group Nigeria and Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, expressed confidence that the project will boost the economy of the state in no small measures.
The groundbreaking event marked the commencement of works on the project site where Olam is setting up Nigeria’s largest integrated animal feed mill, breeding farms and hatchery.
In his remarks, Olam’s CEO for Africa, Mr Venkataramani Srivathsan, stressed that, “This is the latest investment by Olam in Nigeria’s domestic food and agricultural production sector after our recent investments in wheat milling assets and the ongoing development of our 10,000-hectare rice farm and mill in Nasarawa State.
“This new venture into animal feed is a win-win for Olam and Nigeria. Domestically produced meat is being hampered by a lack of good quality feed, support for farmers and availability of young stock, but consumption is set to increase. By investing in poultry and fish feed, we can utilize the wheat bran from our wheat milling operations, as well as maximize our sourcing networks to buy corn and soy from local farmers.
“Our investment in the hatchery will help boost poultry production and, in the long run, help reduce the country’s reliance on imports. This development underlines the continued confidence we share in Nigeria’s ambition for self-sufficiency.”
According to him, “Of the $150 million in total investments, approximately $100 million (approximately 20.0 billion Naira) has been committed to building and operating the facilities in Kaduna State while US$50.0 million (approximately 10.0 billion Naira) is for a second investment in an integrated poultry and fish feed mill located in Kwara State.”
Earlier, Mr Ade Adefeko, Head Corporate and Government Relations OLAM Nigeria disclosed that at full capacity, both feed mills are expected to produce in excess of 600,000 tonnes per annum of high-quality poultry and fish feed, with the Kaduna facility supplying mainly to the Northern markets and the Kwara facility to the South-west region.
The poultry breeding farm in Kaduna is expected to produce over one million hatching eggs every week for the hatchery, adding that the feed mills will procure most of their corn and soya bean requirements locally, spurring growth of these domestic crops. Olam will create over 100,000 metric tonnes of in-house storage capacity, which will also help support food security.
“Olam will therefore contribute to the development of the Nigerian poultry and aquaculture sectors by providing not only competitively priced feed and chicks, but also technical support to local poultry farmers. The increased productivity and returns is expected to stimulate rural self-employment opportunities, particularly for young people.
“The company is developing community partnerships by working with the Kaduna State Government to develop a model for supplying eggs and chicken for its school meals programme at below-market prices. It is also working with the neighbouring communities to create a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) agenda covering education, health and sanitation” he assured.