Raw Materials Research and Development Council, RMRDC, said it is working to boost milk production by enhancing the capacity of Nigerian farmers.
Coordinator of RMRDC’s Integrated Diary and Milk Production Programme, Dr Bola Olugbemi, while speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Jalingo, Taraba State, said the aim is to make milk production one of the mainstay of the economy.
“We have a team from RMRDC in the state to commence a pilot scheme of artificial insemination on some selected cows from few pastoral groups to make them produce the targeted 30 litre per cow in a day instead of the usual one litre per day.
“The team is in the state to liaise with all stakeholders to select few pastoral groups to carry out a pilot scheme of artificial insemination on selected cows and come up with a breed that can produce 30 litres of milk per day.
“The team has already done it successfully in Adamawa and Kaduna States and hope to continue until dairy production becomes one of our major sources of income in Nigeria,” he said.
The Taraba State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr David Kassa, expressed delight over the programme.
“The programme will not only boost milk production but will help us tackle farmers/herders clashes because it requires cows to be put in one place for maximum results,” he said, adding that the programme would key into the state’s anti-open grazing prohibition law.