The Federal government, in partnership with a Fulani community and Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTECH) have opened a milk collection and processing facility in Yola State.
The idea was aimed at reducing the dependence on foreign milk products, which experts said cost the country N75bn per year.
Speaking at the commissioning of the centre at MAUTECH Yola, the Director-General of the Raw Material Research Development Council (RMRDC), Dr. Hussani Ibrahim, said that the centre was expected to increase milk production from indigenous cattle resources.
He added that the country can only produce one percent of the local demand, while it spends N75bn importing milk and milk products yearly.
The Director-General, who was represented by Dr. Grema Mustapha, noted that the partner community, Mbamba Gurin community, provided the cattle for sourcing of the raw material, the RMRDC donated equipment, while MAUTECH provided the space and installed the equipment in accordance with NAFDAC specifications.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Kyari Mohammed, who was represented by his deputy Professor Badhir Aliyu, said the university was planning to collaborate with the host communities in the area of grass farming and livestock production.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Eng. Martin Babale, said the present administration was committed to harnessing the abundant livestock and other agricultural resources in the state to improve food supply, wealth creation and youth employment.
A member and representative of the host community, Umaru Dikko, said the participating group was created during Fadama I and II and some member of the group participated in study tour in Kenya, where they were exposed to modern livestock and milk production techniques.