The Kagarko Unit Unity Farmers Co-operative Society (KUUFCS) has advocated ranching and new food processing technology as antidote to farmers/ herders clashes in the country.
The Unit chairman, Alh. Muhammad Sani Sidi stated this during the 1st Nigeria Silage Summit 2020, held on Saturday at the Kagarko local government Secretariat, Kaduna State.
Sani Sidi explained that to achieve the set objectives, KUUFCS has since engaged over two hundred herdsmen with over 2,700 cows, who he said are currently tendering their herds for the purpose of breeding and awaiting training and development.
The summit which has the theme “New innovative Technology in silage-making towards profitable livestock enterprise, waste to wealth, was organized in collaboration with the African investors in Diaspora Association and the state chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breaders Association of Nigeria.
In a remark, the National President, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breaders Association (MACBAN) of Nigeria, who spoke through the Kaduna State chairman of the Association, Haruna Usman Tugga, commended the forsight of the organizers which he noted will no doubt boost peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders.
While assuring MACBAN’s support and cooperation towards the success of the project, the MACBAN President, appealed to them to extend the projects to the parts of the state for improved soci-economic growth of the state and country as a whole.
Also speaking, the President, African investors in Diaspora Association, Dr. Philemon Gora, challenged political elites to brace up and show more political will in the issue of insecurity in the country.
While highlighting that the Association is focused on assisting and uplifting people from the present economic challenge in the country, Dr. Gora called on participants to take advantage of the opportunity of the opportunity given them to change their current economic backwardness and to also embrace ranching as a way of improving the quality of their livestock and all other dairies.
Earlier, Mr Philemon Kure, who is the Director of State services of KUUFCS said the cooperative has engaged foreign partners in the area of provision of modern farming implements to achieve the set objectives .
Mr Kure added that upon it’s take off, the cooperative society has acquired over four thousand acres of land in Kagarko Local Government Area which is currently being occupied by their operators, adding that famers and headers would build a symbiotic relationship that would translate wastes to wealth through value added chain thereby boosting national food security.