The Governor of Kaduna State, Nair El’ Rufai has informed that his administration has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Danish company to boost milk production in the state.
According to the governor, the signing of the MOU is to show “itinerant nomadic herdsmen that it is possible to engage in modern livestock production without having to go up and down the country”.
El’ Rufai further noted in a statement issued on Monday that, when the collaboration eventually became operational, the project was expected to create 50,000 jobs with an investment portfolio of €100million.
“Our hope is that what we started with Arla leading to the development of the grazing reserve in Kubau local government; and we want to develop jointly with them, will show the itinerant nomadic herdsmen that it is possible to engage in modern livestock production without having to go up and down the Country.
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“We want to show that it is possible for livestock production to be a business rather than a culture or habit or lifestyle but something that can empower and enrich our herdsmen and women. Also read: Nigeria to save $56m from sugar imports, targets 1.7m tonnes of local production annually.
“We are aware that there are many such proposals under consideration under various names but we have confidence that it is only through a private sector driven and managed programme that you have sustainability.
“The government can facilitate, the government subsidize, the government can support but we believe that it is only we when have experts like Arla providing the technical assistant, the technology and managing and guiding then we put in our own efforts to achieve success,” he said.