Cattle Ranches and Farms Established By Army To Support Nigeria’s Agricultural Potentials
The Nigerian Army’s Barracks Investment Initiative Programme has announced the establishment of a vast cattle ranch in Giri area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, made the initiative known during the visit of the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, to present farm implements to the force in Abuja.
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The ranch establishment is the first of the military initiative programme and aimed at achieving food security and supporting the nation’s agricultural potentials. According to Buratai, the army intends to replicate the initiative across all its formations in the country.
He also explained further that the army will go beyond using arms to ensure security in the country adding that they will also play a very active role in supporting the nation’s resource diversification. He stated that the Federal Government’s efforts towards achieving national security, including the fight against terrorism, would amount to nothing without food security.
The ranch, according to him, is large enough to accommodate several thousands of cows and already has two breeds of about 300 cows. The facility is also said to have been stocked with over 30 tonnes of feed concentrates, machines for making feeds and grass seeds for producing pasture.
Buratai explained that the army has also spread its tentacles to the livestock, fisheries, poultry and other aspects of agriculture and that it currently can boast of about 1,000 herds of cattle across its different formations in the country.
At the event, The Minister of Agriculture, Ogbeh, presented some agriculture machinery to the army as a show of support for the force’s initiative.