The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru El-Rufai on Friday 17th January, 2020 inaugurated a one thousand (1000) Household Milk Farm Project in Damau, Kubau Local Government Area of the state.
The governor, At the inauguration, said the project was a joint venture between the state government, Danish dairy giant Arla and Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
He said; this will help expand national capacity to produce high quality milk and reduce over reliance on importation. We regard this as a pragmatic and sustainable solution to security challenges that now accompany the nomadic livestock production.
The store when fully built, will have 1000 dairy farmers securing better livelihood in the five districts, with two hundred (200) households per district
It is with two thousand, eight hundred (2,800) cows per district making Fourteen thousand (14,000) across the five districts, while each livestock farmer will have 5 hectares of land complete with a farm house, cattle shed and irrigated land.
He disclosed that the project is designed to have other facilities which includes; schools, police post, primary health centres, stores and market.
The Governor said it is a public private partnership which will provide solar power and water to the farms.
The KDSG signed an MOU on 9th September, 2019 with Arla food to transform the livestock sector in the state.
KDSG, with the support of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Arla of Denmark agreed to invest in a project that will create jobs in the livestock sector to promote economic development. It will also help resolve security problems by demonstrating a viable alternative to the itinerant method of rearing of cattle and sheep.
He added that they will infuse modern technology into the livestock production, improve yield and empower the farmers and replace strife with prosperity. The farm will be open to every Kaduna State resident, also for people of any ethnicity and religion, to apply and make a living from livestock farming.
He said that the same gesture will be replicated in all the gazetted grazing reserves in the state to abolish nomadic livestock farming, educate the children and empower them economically in modernised diary production
The KDSG will also offer Certificate of Occupancy to the one thousand 1,000 dairy cattle farmers for their farmland through sustainable cooperative with access to adequate water.
While Arla food will also provide the needed commercial services and will purchase, collect, process and bring the local milk to the market
Within a short period of time, we envisage the emergence of yoghurt, water and livestock, cheese and meat production.
He applauded Denmark for the investment and support and also Central Bank for its single digit interest intervention fund.
In his remarks, Haruna Usman, the Kaduna State Chairman of the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), said it was a good initiative based on global system of grazing cattle.
The Chairman called on the Federal Government to imitate such projects across the 36 states to reduce crisis associated with local grazing method, it will drastically reduce incessant conflicts and help settle herders in one community for the benefit of all.
Speaking at the event, Jesper Kamp, the Ambassador of Denmark Embassy in Nigeria, said Nigeria has a fast growing population and the project would help the economy by creating more jobs for the people, the development of the dairy sector will bring about positive benefit to the security situation by controlling the pastoralists while increasing food security. The gesture will advance the lives of the local farmers and sustainable development and growth.
He added that the initiative will also improve security of lives and property, especially the age long farmer- herder conflict in the state and beyond.
According to him, the project will engage milk collection, training of local farmers, water and pasture provision.
He noted that the project will work together towards achieving the target of creating over one thousand (1000) jobs in the next ten (10) years.
Steen Hadsbjerg, the representative of Arla Food, said the venture would engineer growth.
The Chairman of Kubau Local Government Mr. Sabo Aminu appreciated the governor for fulfilling his promise to the people of the community.