The Federal Government said it will commence in earnest the importation of foreign cattle’s semen into the country to aid multiplication of cows and increase milk production in a programme it tagged: `Milk River Project’.
Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, stated this at a `Leadership Clinic’ for youths organised by the Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI) in Abuja.
Ogbeh said the planned artificial insemination of cattle, will take place at different research institutes and centres in the country.
He explained that programme involved importation of cattle’s semen from countries like Europe and Brazil to inject into local cows to be able to produce many calves.
“There is a new project that is coming. It is known as the Milk River Project. “We are going to start doing multiplications of cows now at different centres.
“We bring the semen from Europe, Brazil, sort them out, the female and the male, inseminate the local cows, it produces calves and at 6 months, we wean them, sell them at a cheaper rate to youths.
“They put them at the back of their houses, just ten of them and you don’t need a job for your life. “You keep the cows, collect about 25 litres of milk every morning, sell it to a mini processor nearby and earn a lot of money daily,’’ the minister said.