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MRDC launches project on im­proved milk pro­duc­tion in Taraba

- From Ma­gaji Isa Hunkuyi, Jalingo Gen­eral Ed­i­tor: Nigeria News · Food Industry · Agriculture · Livestock Industry · Industries · Rural Development

Raw Ma­te­ri­als Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (RMRDC) has or­gan­ised a stake­holder meeting for im­proved milk pro­duc­tion project in Taraba state.

Dr Bola Olugbemi,a Di­rec­tor at RMRDC, who is also the co­or­di­na­tor of the project named De­vel­op­ment of in­te­grated Dairy and Milk Pro­duc­tion, told the meeting that the aim of the project was to make milk pro­duc­tion the main­stay of the na­tion’s econ­omy.

He said a team from RMRDC was in the state to com­mence a pi­lot scheme of ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion of some se­lected cows from few pas­toral groups to make them pro­duce 30 litres of milk per day in­stead of two.

Dr. Olugbemi dis­closed that a sim­i­lar project was suc­cess­fully car­ried out in Kaduna and Adamawa states.

The state Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture and Rural De­vel­op­ment, Dr David Kassa com­mended the coun­cil and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for em­bark­ing on the project in the state.

He said the project would not only boost milk pro­duc­tion but would also help tackle farmers/ herders’ clash since it re­quired cows to be in one place for max­i­mum milk pro­duc­tion.

Dr Kassa said the state has the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of live­stock in the coun­try, which make the state suit­able for milk pro­duc­tion.

“The project would also key into the state anti-open graz­ing pro­hi­bi­tion and ranch law for which, a live­stock train­ing cen­ter has al­ready com­menced at Sunkani near Jalingo” the com­mis­sioner said.

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