Olam International, a leading agro-allied company has announced that it is investing US$150 million to set up two state-of-the-art animal feed mills, poultry breeding farms and a hatchery to produce day-old-chicks in Nigeria, a statement by the management of the company revealed.
At a co-hosted ground breaking ceremony held in Kaduna State which had in attendance investment gurus alongside officials of Olam Group Nigeria, the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai , commended the President for his commitment to diversify the economy and said he was delighted companies as Olam was showing commitment in that direction.
The event marks the commencement of works on the project site where Olam is setting up Nigeria’s largest integrated animal feed mill, breeding farms and hatchery.
Chief Executive Officer of Olam, Africa, Venkataramani Srivathsan, in his remarks said “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 utilise the wheat bran from our wheat milling operations, as well as maximise 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”.
Of the US$150 million in total investments, approximately US$100 million has been committed to building and operating the facilities in Kaduna State while US$50 million is for a second investment in an integrated poultry and fish feed mill located in Kwara State.
According to the statement released by Ade Adefeko Head Corporate and Government Relations OLAM Nigeria, “At full capacity, both feed mills are expected to produce in excess of 600,000 tonnes per annum of high-quality poultry and fish feeds, 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.
The feed mills will procure most of their corn and soybean 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.