The Federal Government’s Special Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme in Bauchi State, an official said on Tuesday, that not less than 200 livestock farmers would benefit from GEC beef value chain initiative

 

Malam Mohammed Yusuf, the Federal Director of Agriculture in the state, said this in Bauchi that the cattle-fattening programme for smallholder farmers, was a government initiative.

 

The Director said that, under the scheme, each farmer would receive 38 bags of 25 kg fattening concentrate and four blocks of salt licks at 50 per cent discount, he also said that input would cost N68, 400 while each farmer would pay half the price, with government offsetting the balance.

 

“Meat is the most-patronized product in the country, and having reflected on the dynamics of the market, there is the need to boost the industry.

 

“With the growth of hotel, restaurants and other outlets, the government, through its Agricultural Transformation Agenda, is using this development as a major window of opportunity to intervene in the industry.”

 

The director said that plans were under way to link the farmers with the Bauchi Meat Factory, to ensure that no beneficiary operates at a loss.   “When we provide the farmers with the inputs, we are going to link them with the meat factory, so that the fattened cattle can be purchased by the meat factory for processing.

 

“There was also a plan to empower the meat factory to process certain meat products for supply to Nigerian soldiers, serving in various peace missions abroad.

 

“The good thing is that the farmers would be provided with inputs to fatten their cattle, and they would also be linked to a stable market; that way, nobody runs at a loss,’’ the official said.

 

Yusuf said the beef value chain was intended to increase beef supply in the market by 650,000 tonnes yearly

(NAN)

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