President Mohammad Bukhari on Monday said that the dairy initiative initiative, protected by the Kingdom of Denmark, and the state government of Kaduna will go a long way in bridging the clashes between cattle breeders and farmers in the country.
Accepting Mr. Torben Getterman, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark in the farewell audience at the State House, Abuja, the President noted that the creation of dairy farms promoted by the Kingdom of Denmark "will save the country from the almost decades-long problem of clashes between shepherds and farmers who suffered from the explosion of the population" .
President Bukhari noted that when dairy farms are "economically viable, pastoralists will see the need to stay in one place, as they will understand that there are more productive considerations, rather than the number of cattle heads."
Ambassador Gettermann said that the plan is to have 1000 shepherds' families with 12,000 cattle heads in a place where they will have veterinary attention, schools for their children and generally live as a small community. Then the Danish company Arla will buy milk from the farmers.
The Danish government will attract investors through its agricultural adviser in the country, and the Kaduna state government will provide the initial infrastructure and financing.
"Dairy farming is not the same as a ranch. This will give the best meat, and the Danish company will buy milk from farmers. The pilot project will start in Kaduna, and then move to other places, as it will become commercially viable, "said the ambassador, who spent four years in Nigeria.
40 years later, in the service of his country, Ambassador Gettermann continues to retire.