Gloomy future for Northern cows as Akwa Ibom imports 2,000 cattle from Brazil
By Steve Oko
There seems to be a gloomy future for cattle merchants who bring cows from the North to Southern Nigeria as some states and Southern business moguls are bent on venturing into cow rearing.
This is the aftermath of the proposed but suspended Ruga settlement which has been greeted with public outrage especially Southerner who see the policy as Fulani expansionist agenda in disguise.
Apparently to put a stop to the incursion of Fulani herders into Southern states and the attendant consequences including unprovoked attacks of host communities many states are now set to rise to the occasion.
Akwa Ibom State Government said it had imported 2,000 cattle from Brazil as part of efforts to produce sufficient meats with a view to increasing protein intake for people of the state.
Commissioner of Information, Charles Udo who disclosed this in Uyo, said that the development was aimed at ensuring food sustainability in the oil rich state.
He said that the state government had adopted a holistic agriculture plans on food security.
His words : “The ranch was established in conjunction with foreign investors. The cattle have been quarantined. You know in the heat of the election, nobody wanted to venture into that ranch. And in the heat of that too, the Commissioner for Agriculture lost his seat.
“The reason we quarantined the cattle was that, first we needed to inoculate them. What I mean by quarantined is that we needed to get them acclimatised to the weather and prepare them for the long trip across the Atlantic Ocean.
“While we quarantined and inoculated them, we tried to get some pregnant because it is a long journey and some could die on the way. These are rare breed of cattle that can produce milk and meat at the same time. We are expecting 2,000.”
Wawa News Global reports that Anambra State Government has also gone into modern cattle ranching.
A number of Igbo business moguls have also indicated strong interests in cow rearing using the latest technology.
Investigations revealed that preparations by a good number of them have already reached advanced stage.
It is being projected that baring sabotage, in about three to five years time South East would be the leading exporters of cow and diary products in Africa.
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