Gov. Sani Bello: Keen on implementing his agric. transformation agenda.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has promised that his administration will assist the state Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to procure rare cattle of between 500 and 600 kg that produce about ten litres of milk a day, instead of the current daily milk production of two litres.
He urged the ministry to intensify efforts on improving animal husbandry, saying it is an integral part of the administration’s agricultural transformation agenda.
Gov. Sani Bello, stated these when he visited the state’s Livestock Improvement and Breeding Centre at the Tagwai Dam, Minna, the state capital.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mary Noel-Berge, and obtained by Summit News, Gov. Sani Bello, acknowledged the slowing down of the progress and process of developing unique species of cattle at the centre, and promised to meet with the ministry officials to fast track its development.
According to him, the whole idea of the centre is to move from the present generation of cattle to a better one, as well as better quality milk and beef production.
He said that the state government sponsored four veterinary doctors to South Africa for training in artificial insemination, and that with a partnership agreement with a South African firm on Bonsmara (disease-resistant cattle) semen supply, it was expected that by now something tangible should have been achieved in that direction.
“The previous administration imported many of the Bonsmara breed from South Africa with the hope that by now we should have been doing artificial insemination so that over time we shall be able to improve on our local breed especially the bokolo breed”, he stated.
He said that a crossbreeding between the Bonsmara and the local bokolo perfectly worked out in the state, adding that it was time for such an effort to be redoubled.
“It is a wonderful programme, but I have to find out why we have not made much progress,” he said.
The governor said that with the coming on board of the Bobi Grazing Reserve, the government will assist the herdsmen through artificial insemination to get the rare cattle that produce high quantity milk of about 10 litres per day, instead of the two litres daily, and cattle of 500kg to 600kg.