Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has disclosed that the Army has sent some army officers to Argentina to learn the art and trade of cattle rearing in preparation for the establishment of cattle ranches across the country.
This is in line with the disclosure he made on Tuesday, December 20, saying that the army would set up cattle ranches in such a manner that in almost all the divisions, and all the brigades, cattle will be reared.
Buratai who was represented by Major General Patrick Akem, Chief of Army logistics said this while speaking at the Commissioning of Mogadishu Cantonment mammy market (former Abacha Barracks) in Abuja.
In a statement issued by PRNigeria, the Army Chief disclosed that in keeping up with modern cattle rearing tradition, he sent officers of the Army to Argentina to look at how cattle were reared. He said:
“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.”
He noted that he has created the Barrack Investment Initiative as a platform that gives the family members of the Army men, an opportunity of raising up fishing ponds, vegetable gardens, fruits, livestock, chicken and their eggs.
According to him, the intention of the Nigerian Army was not just to ensure the security of the country, but also to contribute in growing the economy of the nation.
“We want to tell our wives that they can live beyond the salaries of their husbands, so we are trying to empower the women in the barracks to be able to form co-operatives, so as to access loans and to a large extent be able to fend for themselves and their families, even without the salaries of their husbands,” he added.