Ruga: 2000 cows from Brazil imported into Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom State government have imported 2000 cows from Brazil as part of efforts to increase protein intake of people of the state.

The new development is also positioned to ensure the oil rich state has food sufficiency.

This was made known to newsmen by Charles Udoh, the State Commissioner for information who added that the state adopted the scheme as part of plans to ensure food security.

He said: “The ranch was established in conjunction with foreign investors. The cattle have been quarantined. You know in the heat of the election, nobody wanted to venture into that ranch. And in the heat of that too, the Commissioner for Agriculture lost his seat.

“The reason we quarantined the cattle was that, first we needed to inoculate them. What I mean by quarantined is that we needed to get them acclimatised to the weather and prepare them for the long trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

“While we quarantined and inoculated them, we tried to get some pregnant because it is a long journey and some could die on the way. These are rare breed of cattle that can produce milk and meat at the same time. We are expecting 2,000.”

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