1 June 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has entered into a partnership with investors to boost livestock development and create jobs in the territory.
FCT Acting Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr Ibe Chukwuemeka stated this during the 2021 world milk day at Paikon-Kore in Abuja.
Mr Chukwuemeka who was represented by a Director, Mrs Ann Ijeoma, said the Administration was working with the Africa Development Bank, AfDB, in the implementation of the special Agro-industrial processing zones, SAPZ.
He said the Administration would keep partnering with key stakeholders in the livestock sub-sector towards the attainment of food security and creation of jobs.
“The FCT Administration no doubt recognises the important role that the livestock sub-sector play in its desire to attain food security, create jobs and improve the general well-being of the residents”
The Acting secretary also hinted that the Administration had been collaborating with investors in upgrading activities at the grazing reserves across the Federal Capital.
“The Agric secretariat have trained farmers on milk handling practices to help improve the quality and market value of their products …it has been able to organise dairy farmers in the FCT into various cooperative groups to enable them have access to financial support.
In her remarks, the Acting Director Animal Husbandry, Mrs Ngozi Mbaka said the secretariat would continue to provide the needed infrastructure in the grazing reserves as well as empower livestock farmers in all the Six Area Councils.
The event which took place in Paikon-Kore in Gwagwalada Area Council attracted pastoralists within and outside Abuja.