The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said the Nigerian Army will start cattle ranches in divisions in the country.
BaclaD News understands that the federal government recently suspended the Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) meant to curb herdsmen and farmers clashes.
However, while speaking recently at the Commissioning of Mogadishu Cantonment New Mammy Market (former Abacha Barracks), Abuja, Buratai said he sent officers of the Army to Argentina to study cattle rearing.
He was represented by the Chief of Army Logistics Major General Patrick Akem who noted that the move is in keeping up with modern cattle rearing practices.
“Argentina has a population of 41 million people, but it feeds about 400 million people around the world with its beef,” he said.
“To take it to the next level, we want to adopt a system where the cattle are not just free ranging coming from Sokoto to Port Harcourt, thereby making their meat tough to eat, the products will soon be coming from our own farms and ranches.”
According to the Army boss, “We want to tell our wives that they can live beyond the salaries of their husbands, so we are trying to empower the women in the barracks to be able to form co-operatives, so as to access loans and to a large extent be able to fend for themselves and their families, even without the salaries of their husbands.”