Nigerian Company, Brazilian Institute Partnered to Set up Centre for Animal Husbandry
A Nigerian company, Rabelat Limited and a Brazilian Institute, Instituto Daniel Franco, have partnered to set up a centre for animal husbandry in Kwara State as part of measures to resolve herdsmen and farmers clashes in parts of the country.
The centre, which will include an abattoir, international cattle market and entrepreneurial training institution, is expected to create about 50,000 jobs for youth and others in the country.
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The Chief Executive Officer of Rabelat Nigeria Limited, Dr Ahmed Raji, disclosed this after a meeting with the delegation from Instituto Daniel Franco at a media briefing in Ilorin, that the foundation for the project had already been laid on 40-hectares of land in Bode-Saadu, Moro Local Government area of Kwara State and another 600 hectares of land had been acquired in Yashikira, Baruten Local Government Area for planting of grasses for animal consumption.
Raji explained that the project would be a joint venture with the Brazil instituto owing to its successes in agribusiness over a century and that the partnership with the institute would lead to technology transfer in areas of animal rearing, processing and packaging for export, explaining that the centre was all-encompassing and would also guard against rural urban migration when fully operational.
He further explained that the centre would also have a transit hub through which animals would be provided water and feeds while they would also be provided with medical care with their owners accommodated and given a place to rest while they were in transit.
Raji added that the international market in the centre would be doing virtual marketing, as every cow would be tagged with the price and number to the owner.
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