Akwa Ibom ventures into ranching; acquires 2,000 cows from Brazil


The Akwa Ibom State Government has announced that it has imported 2,000 cows from Brazil, with the aim of ensuring food sustainability in the state.

The State Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh, made this known in a media briefing with journalists in Uyo. He added that the state government had adopted a holistic agriculture plan on food security.

“The ranch was established in conjunction with foreign investors. The cattle have been quarantined. You know in the heat of the election, nobody wanted to venture into that ranch. And in the heat of that too, the Commissioner for Agriculture lost his seat.

“The reason we quarantined the cattle was that first, we needed to inoculate them. What I mean by quarantined is that we needed to get them acclimatised to the weather and prepare them for the long trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

“While we quarantined and inoculated them, we tried to get some pregnant because it is a long journey and some could die on the way. These are rare breed of cattle that can produce milk and meat at the same time. We are expecting 2,000.”

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