Tunde Bolaji – Minna.
Borno State government has sent a five man delegation to undertake a study tour of the ongoing Livestock and Fisheries Transformation Programme of the Niger State government.
The team led by the Borno State Commissioner of Animal and Fisheries Resources, Comrade Juliana Bitrus was received by the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane alongside Commissioner of Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Haruna Nuhu Dukku and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Wasa Jonathan.
Hon. Haruna Nuhu Dukku who conducted the team round sections of the famous Bobi Grazing Reserve located at Mashegu and Mariga Local Governments area of the state reiterated the state government’s determination to make it Nigeria’s new Livestock hub.
He told the visiting team that the Bobi Grazing Reserve among others has been receiving desired attention from the government with robust partnership with development partners .
According to the Commissioner, Niger State is among the two States to serve as pilot in the implementation of National Livestock Transformation Plan with technical support from Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Wasa Jonathan highlighted on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Dairy Backward Integration Programme currently ongoing at Bobi Grazing Reserve .
He pointed out that there are six Companies who have been allotted parcels of land for the projects with the mandate of upgrading the local Livestock.
Earlier, the team leader, Hon. Juliana Bitrus explained that the decision to visit the state with a view of understudying the State’s giant strides in Livestock and Fisheries sector was informed by the recommendation of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The delegation visited Livestock Improvement and Breeding Centre as well as Fish Hatchery at Tagwai Dam.
Other places at the Bobi Grazing Reserve visited by the team include the Niger State 300hectres of assorted Pasture surrounding the rehabilitated Lufari Dam, Dairy Development Centre managed by FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria; producers of Peak and Three Crown milk, Silage Production and Processing sites, Nomadic Schools, Police Outpost among others.
Some members of the delegation to Bobi Grazing Reserve include Niger State Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Hon. Mamman Musa alongside the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Haj. Ramatu Umar and other Directors of the Ministry.