The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said on Thursday that the Federal Government of Nigeria has secured 55,000 hectares of land from 11 states for the development of pasture and paddocks grazing reserve in the country.
He disclosed this when he briefed newsmen on the Federal Government’s achievements in the sector in commemoration of the 2017 World Food Day in Abuja.
The minister said that the government had also procured exotic grass seedlings to enhance paddock fodder package and increase domestic beef and milk output in a sedentary grazing reserve set up.
He said that the ministry had also trained animal skin collectors, butchers, hides and skin inspectors on standard methods of slaughtering to ensure supply of quality hides and skins and at acceptable standards.
Ogbeh also disclosed that the Federal Government had facilitated the construction and completion of 33 silo complexes with a capacity of 1,360,000 tonnes.
He said the silos and the 48 commodity warehouses also constructed, would aid the storage of agro-inputs and products.