Governor Kayode Fayemi has confirmed that his administration has imported over 200 pregnant cows from the United States of America.
The pregnant cows in Ikun-Ekiti will be managed by the Ekiti-owned Ikun Dairy Farm. The farm will be used as a model for the National Livestock Transformation Plan.
According to Mr Fayemi, it will solve the farmers-herders crisis in Ekiti.
“These cows are going to stand still. They aren’t doing anything. They will not be grazing in the open. They’re right on the farm.
“You are aware of the devastation caused by open grazing not only in the state, but across the world.
“Once this model is up and running, it will be an example of what we will do through the National Livestock Transformation Plan,” the governor said.
This was confirmed by Mr Fayemi during an inspection of the newly arrived 227 cows at the dairy farm and the farmland to cultivate hays.
He went on to say that the integrated farm, which is expected to start producing 10,000 litres of milk per day, was a collaboration between Ekiti and Promasidor Diary Company.
Mr Fayemi clarified that the pregnant cows will be kept in their farm sheds.
According to him, the state purchased approximately 500 hectares of land to cultivate fields in order to care for the animals and keep them from wandering.
The governor said, “The capability of the dairy farm, which is being used for the first time in 40 years, has been extended to operate a 24-hour operation in cattle raising and milk processing.”
“The dairy farm will also show Nigeria’s ability to be a milk-producing nation rather than a milk-importing nation.”
Mr Fayemi was accompanied by the farm’s General Manager, Hermann Kibler, and the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Olabode Adetoyi, to the facility.
He expressed trust in the state government’s and Promasidor’s private-public partnership agreement to ensure the farm’s survival and economic viability.
“This dairy farm has been here for 40 years and has never been used. This will be the first time it will be used properly. Agriculture, as we have always said in the state, is the way forward, particularly for us. “We live in an agrarian society,” Mr Fayemi revealed.