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Ondo, firm revive cattle ranch, employ 500 youths

Ondo, firm revive cattle ranch, employ 500 youths

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Peter Dada

A foreign investor, Peace Aid Project, in partnership with the Ondo State Government, has revived the moribund cattle ranch in Auga Akoko in the Akoko North-East Local Government Area of Ondo State.

It was gathered that the ranch, established by the state government some years ago, was abandoned by previous administrations in the state.

However, the ranch was said to have been revived following the rejection of the proposed cattle colony by the state government.

The project has taken off after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the project a few weeks ago by the firm and the state government.

The Chief Executive Officer of the firm, Mr. Benson Emakpor, said more than 500 youths would be employed at the ranch while some youths and women would be trained and empowered in cattle fattening.

He said, the main motive of the project was to raise a new generation of millionaires through cattle ranching and livestock farming.

He said, “The Memorandum of Understanding our organisation signed with the state government is not the same as cattle colony, but a partnership that will raise a new generation of farmers as well as mitigate the vexatious issue of Fulani herdsmen attacks.

“The MoU was signed on the 13th February, 2018 and is specifically meant to revamp the dilapidated Auga Cattle Ranch into a modern cattle ranch with innovative facilities.”

According to him, the investor will construct 500 cattle sheds for the herds while other compartments would be built in line with hygienic and modern trends of raising cattle.

“Each of this sheds will hold 60 bulls and will be operated by the youths. This idea is also expected to put an end to the unwholesome sight of cattle being herded within residential areas of the city and those destroying economic crops in the environment,” Emakpor said.

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