Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has pledged to make the state be the Holland of Nigeria in terms of dairy milk production and other livestock products for other states to patronise.
Bello made the promise at the Kogi State Agriculture Summit, tagged “Moving Agriculture To The Next Level”, on Friday in Lokoja, as part of activities to mark his two years in office.
“In Holland, everyone knows that Holland produce more than a quarter of dairy milk and meats for Europe and America.
“Kogi will be the Holland of Nigeria where every other state in Nigeria will come and buy milk and other dairy products.
“They will also buy meat, hides and skin, bones, horns and even cow faeces for manure, which will translate into cash for our people.
“We are looking for opportunities to make money for our people.
“If you have a parcel of land that you are not using, what will happen is that the pastoralists will come and you rent it to them for money
“Our youths and women will learn how to breed and keep these cows as well.
“And what will happen is that we shall have hire cross breed cows that will produce more milk and high quality meats where other states can come and buy,” Bello said.
The governor added that the state government was looking for opportunities and how to utilise them.
“They said I am friend to Fulani herdsmen and hate farmers, but they are all falsehood on the pages of newspapers and television
“We are telling the people that we are tolerant in Kogi, we love our neighbour and seizing and maximised, the best of every opportunity.
He said that the Federal Government had selected 135 farmers in the state to access N4.3 million loan each for poultry production.
He added the state had 500 hectares of rice farm and clearing another 500 hectares which total a total target of 2,500 hectares.
The news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that representatives from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, International Institution of Tropical Agriculture(IITA) and other stakeholders also spoke at the summit. [NAN]