The establishment of dairy farms would soon commence in Kaduna after The Kingdom of Denmark reached an agreement with the Kaduna State Government. The European nation received a commendation from President Muhammadu Buhari when he hosted the Ambassador of Denmark to Nigeria, Mr. Torben Gettermann at the State House, Abuja.
Dairy farms are expected to reduce the animosity between farmers and herdsmen. Kaduna state had experienced a lot of violent clashes between both parties resulting in a lot of damage to life and properties. The establishment of ranches and Dairy farms is a way of ensuring that farmers and herdsmen can stop clashing.
President Buhari said,“The establishment of Dairy farm in Nigeria would save the country from the almost perennial problem of clashes between herders and farmers, made worse by the population explosion. When the dairy farms are economically viable, the cattle herders will see the need to stay in one place, as they will realize those productive considerations, rather than the number of heads of cattle, are more important.”
The plan of the dairy farms is to have 1,000 families of herdsmen with 12,000 heads of cattle in a location. They would be provided with veterinary supplies, schools for the children of the herdsmen, and all the families would live together as a small community.
The Federal government of Nigeria and the kingdom of Denmark also reached an agreement on the sale of the milk produced by the dairy farms. The Kaduna State government would provide initial funding and establish the infrastructure needed while the Danish government would bring investors through the Agriculture Counsellor of Denmark. it was disclosed that a Danish company, Arla, would buy the milk of the cattle farmers.
“Dairy farming is not exactly the same thing as ranching. It will yield better meat, and the Danish company will buy the milk from the farmers. A pilot project will start in Kaduna, and then move to other locations, as it becomes commercially viable,” the statement from the Federal Government noted.