Nigeria’s Army Chief, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, said the army would set up cattle ranches in all army divisions and brigades in the country. He said senior army officers would be sent to Argentina to look at how cattle are reared.
The move appears to be a new strategy in pushing the controversial plan by government to set up cattle ranches nationwide.
Critics have argued that government should not be seen to be funding private business with government funds while others contend that the move amounts to land grab designed to favour the Fulani ethnic group, who control the business by the President Buhari-led government, who himself is of the Fulani stock.
The army chief, who spoke in Abuja said ranches would be set up in all army divisions and brigades.
“Argentina has a population of 41 million people, but it feeds about 400 million people around the world with its beef. To take it to the next level, we want to adopt a system where the cattle are not just free ranging coming from Sokoto to Port Harcourt, thereby making their meat tough to eat, the products will soon be coming from our own farms and ranches,” Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Army Logistics, Major General Patrick Akem, said.