The Niger State Government in North Central Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Netherland Dairy Multi National Companies for the development of diary farming in the state.
The MoU which is expected to raise the state GDP by at least N45 billion through milk production, meat processing, pasture and feed production, was jointly signed by the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, and Mr. Ben Langat, The MD, Friesland Campina WAMCO Plc.
The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, explained that the vision of the state on that aspect, is to attract 6 million cattle out of the 20 million cattle in Nigeria, adding that the state’s Bobi Grazing Reserve under construction would accommodate over 450,000 cattle.
“We want Niger state to be the Go-to state for livestock in Nigeria. It is estimated that 10 million rams are sold for Sallah and a similar number for Christmas – we want Niger State to supply that instead of importing”, he said.
Governor Sani Bello who further disclosed that WAMCO has already commenced setting up its factory in Bobi Grazing Reserve in thecState,said the Government has also approved additional 4000 hectares of land each to Chi LTD Company makers of Hollandia milk, Irish dairy and Neo at the Bobi Grazing reserve for diary 0roduction.
” Another Five more Grazing Reserves are already gazetted, and Niger state will house a total of 6 million cattle which will generate a revenue of over N45 billion annually.” Said The Governor.
It could be recalled that in October, 2019 the Government of Niger State while on a working visit to the European Union (EU) Delegations Office in Nigeria, discussed issues bordering on milk production, meat processing, pasture and feed production were discussed.
Analyst’s are of the view that the move by the Niger state government on the development of modern grazing reserve, create job opportunities in various strata of the agricultural sector as well as boost the economy of the state and finding lasting solutions to farmers-herders clashes in the Zone.