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NGO to establish 4,000-hectare ranch in Kaduna state

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Mr Vincent Keteojo, the President of the organisation, made this known on Wednesday during a tour of the proposed site at Kurmin Dangana.

“We believe the ranch, upon completion, would improve the welfare of the people and ensure maximum utilisation of available human and natural resources.”

Keteojo disclosed that the cooperative had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria as joint partners for the project.

He explained that the partnership was to ensure smooth take-off of the project aimed at providing value chain benefits for farmers and herders in the community.

Mr Shunom Adinga, the Director, Human Resources of the organisation, said that a five-year intensive research with foreign partners from the Netherlands alongside professionals in Nigeria was undertaken to ensure that the ranch operations meet global best practices.

“The aim is to achieve organic products as so much is being wasted as pastoralists move from one place to the other.

“The consultants would therefore provide technology-based management for effective productivity,” he said.

Also, Mr Philemon Kure, a pioneer member of the project, said the venture was a Public-Private-Partnership aimed at mobilising members of the community and creating symbiotic relationship between farmers and pastoralists.

“The clashes between farmers and pastoralists had over time brought unrest for us as a nation, as it has claimed lives and property.

“This project would, therefore, mitigate what has hitherto been a national misfortune to a national fortune,” he said.

Earlier, officials of the cooperative had visited Mr Bawa Giwa, a stakeholder and former District Head of Kurmin Dangana, who assured them of the support and cooperation of the community.

“Our people are always open to projects that would add value to their well-being,” he added.

On his part, Mr Isha John, Secretary, Kurmin Dangana Development Association, described the move as“ timely” and prayed God to ensure its actualisation.

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