By: Bamidele Fashube
THE Federal Government (FG) has kicked-off the implementation of 400,000 Euros National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).
President Muhammadu Buhari had secured the grant from the Netherlands during his visit to the country.
The project would be implemented in four states in Nigeria which includes Nasarawa, Adamawa, Plateau and Gombe.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and the Project for Agricultural Coordination and Planning (PACE).
The statement reads in part, “on the back of the MoU signed during the state visit of the president to the Netherlands, the Dutch Investment Agency (RVO) approved a grant of about 400,000 Euros to cover 50 per cent cost of the pilot start-up of NLTP model in Nasarawa State for 30 pastoralist households with a start date of March 2021.”
It said in each of these states, a pilot farm, which would also serve as a training centre will be developed.
“Cownexxion is a leading Dutch consultancy focused on dairy farming. It has carried out projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The company is experienced in improving the technical and economic performance of dairy farming systems,” it added.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Dr Andrew Kwasari, who was in Nasarawa State in preparation for the pilot project said his aim of visiting was to review the project appraisal document for the start-up site.
In his response, the Deputy Governor, Nasarawa State, Dr Emmanuel Akabe said it was a great honour that the state was picked to pilot the project.