Kagarko Unit Unity Farmers Cooperative Society is set to commence a 4,000-hectare ranch in Kurmin Dangana area of Kagarko Local Government Area, Kaduna State.
Vincent Keteojo, the President of the organisation, made this known on Wednesday during a tour of the proposed site at Kurmin Dangana.
He said that the ranch, apart from mitigating constant farmers/herders clashes, would also guarantee food security, provide jobs and boost the economy of the area and the state in general.
“We believe the ranch, upon completion, would improve the welfare of the people and ensure maximum utilisation of available human and natural resources.”
Keteojo disclosed that the cooperative had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria as joint partners for the project.
Shunom Adinga, the Director, Human Resources of the organisation, said that a five-year intensive research with foreign partners from the Netherlands alongside professionals in Nigeria was undertaken to ensure that the ranch operations meet global best practices.
“The aim is to achieve organic products as so much is being wasted as pastoralists move from one place to the other.
“The consultants would therefore provide technology-based management for effective productivity,” he said.
Philemon Kure, a pioneer member of the project, said the venture was a Public-Private-Partnership aimed at mobilising members of the community and creating symbiotic relationship between farmers and pastoralists.
“The clashes between farmers and pastoralists had over time brought unrest for us as a nation, as it has claimed lives and property.
“This project would, therefore, mitigate what has hitherto been a national misfortune to a national fortune,” he said.
Isha John, Secretary, Kurmin Dangana Development Association, described the move as“ timely” and prayed God to ensure its actualisation.