FG To Spend N100bn On 119 Ranches In Benue, Taraba Others

A total of 119 ranches are to be created under the National Livestock Transformation Plan in various states across the country between 2019 and 2028, the Federal Government has said.
In the NLTP 2019-2028 document approved by the National Economic Council and obtained in Abuja on Friday, the Federal Government stated that about 300,000 jobs would be created in the first three years of the programme, which it described as phase one.

It said, “In the pilot period, there will be two pilot sites per state, consisting of four ranches per site. Overall, a total of seven breeder ranches, 56 ranches and seven semen banks are initially envisaged among the seven pilot states.

“Between 150,000 – 200,000, plus over 92,000 cattle raised in clusters in the seven pilot states will increase the number of improved high-yielding local dairy cows. Over the 10-year period, the number of ranches envisaged at this point would be 112, plus seven breeder ranches totalling 119.”

It listed the pilot states as Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara, adding that four categories of ranches – small, intermediate, medium and large – would be developed and tested in each grazing reserve in the states.

The report stated, “The government of Nigeria has set aside N100bn to fund the first phase of the livestock transformation strategy.

“State governments have also committed to spend 20 per cent or a further N20bn in support of the strategy. The funds will be used to execute the strategy described herein alongside additional funding from private investors and donors.”

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