The Federal Government says it will commence artificial insemination of cattle at its different research institutes and centers to aid multiplication of cows and increase milk production in the country.
Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this while speaking with youths at a `Leadership Clinic’ organised by the Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI) in Abuja
Ogbeh said the move will kick-start a programme known as `Milk River Project’ which the government was planning to launch soon.
He said the insemination would require the importation of semen from countries like Europe and Brazil to inject into local cows to be able to produce many calves.
According to him, the Country buys low quality powdered milk for about 1.2 billion dollars a year because our cows are so badly nourished and they do only one bottle of milk per day as against cows in Israel and Europe who do about 50 litres a day.
Ogbeh, who advised the youths to get involved in agriculture, said the country had received a request from Malaysia to supply about two million tonnes of soybeans.
He lamented the high interest rates in the country, adding that the Federal Government was working to restructure the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) to reduce the interest rates to a single digit