N10 billion Kaduna cattle ranch to be ready in two years – El-Rufai
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State said on Tuesday that the state has embarked on a N10 billion cattle ranch project to centralize all pastoralists in Kaduna.
El-Rufai, who spoke to reporters shortly after a meeting with officials from the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, said the project would be completed in two years.
The governor said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was supporting the state with around 7.5 billion naira for the success of the project..
He said the Northern States Governors Forum has already taken a position that open grazing is not a sustainable means of animal production, but ranching.
“But switching to breeding cannot be done overnight. We have to have a plan; we have to have the resources and we have to implement it wisely. We have taken a stand as governors of the northern states and we are implementing it.
“In my state, for example, we are developing a huge ranch to centralize the breeders. And this has been the solution for a long time. But can we do it overnight? No.
“This project that we are leading will cost us around 10 billion naira. The CBN is backing us with around 7.5 billion naira. And it will take about two years to do.
“And I hope that the Fulani shepherds, they will see that there are alternative ways of producing cattle instead of going up and down with the cattle that go to people’s farms causing all kinds of problems. We want to solve the problem.
“What’s no use is politicizing the situation and passing legislation that you know you can’t implement. So, we have taken a stand and are working around the clock to implement this position.
“These breeders come from the north and we are going to centralize them. You can’t do it overnight. We need billions of naira. It’s just a ranch that costs N10 billion.
“I have 14 pasture reserves in Kaduna State and would like to turn them into ranches. Do I have 14 times N10 billion? I don’t have one, ”the governor said.