The Federal Government has been urged to intensify efforts at achieving the aim of the National Livestock Transformation Plan to bridge the deficit in fresh milk production for health and export purposes.
Mr Olalekan Sipasi, the Founder, Protect Ozone Sustainable Livelihood Initiative, made the plea in Lagos on Thursday during an interview with the NIGERIA NEWS
Sipasi said that by simply leveraging on the success of the model for increased milk production, an automatic increase in the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) could be guaranteed.
He commended the efforts of the government at settling herdsmen and their cattle in gazetted grazing reserves.
Sipasi said a successful outcome would lead to cross-breeding with sperms of cattle producing maximally from research centres.
“I find it very disturbing that a nation blessed with arable land, water and cattle with high resistance to diseases is producing as little as two litres of milk per cattle daily.
“Meanwhile, we spend a lot of money importing powdered milk when we have lots of cattle that, when properly crossbred, would be able to do more.
“In a city in Germany, a cattle there produces about 60 litres of milk daily, so the difference is very clear.
“In addition, research has revealed that the height and development of children are largely dependent on the level of their milk intake, especially fresh milk.
“There is, therefore, the need to bridge this gap,” he said.
Sipasi said that by the fourth year of the successful outcome of the plan, there would be 400,000 litres of milk to bridge the deficit in the nation.
NAN recalls that earlier in the year, the National Livestock Transformation Plan, built on six key pillars, was created to tackle farmers-herdsmen clashes.
The pillars of economic investment, conflict resolution, law and order, humanitarian relief, information education and strategic communication and crosscutting issues were created to tackle the farmers- herdsmen clashes.
The economic investment plan is to support and strengthen the development of market-driven ranches in 10 states for improved livestock productivity through breed (genetic) improvement and pasture production in addition to efficient land and water productivity.
States to benefit from the plan are Adamawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara.
The objectives include the creation of big ranches of various sizes clustered in 94 locations in the 10 pilot states with a proposed cluster of 30, 60, 150 and 300-cow ranch models in a location within the donated gazetted grazing reserves and a minimum 1000 cows breeder ranch in seven of the 10 pilot states.