We have failed to develop our assets — Buhari

We have failed to develop our assets -- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has criticized the culture of waste exhibited by Nigerian Agricultural farmers.

The President blamed “Lack of means of preservation of agricultural products,” as the principal culprit.

The president made the statement while receiving the Global Chief Executive Officer of Friesland Campina, Mr. Roelf Joosten yesterday.

President Buhari lamented the situation in which cattle farmers throw away milk from their animals, because there is no means of preserving and processing the product.

“We have failed to develop our assets on a permanent basis.

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“This, we are determined to work on,” the President promised.

Buhari prayed the firm to collaborate with Nigeria so as to educate cattle farmers that “Quality matters more than quantity.”

He also requested the firm to help organize pastoralists into cooperatives for better business.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe was present at the event.

Audu promised that herdsmen would soon be organized into ranches in the country.

He also said pastoralists will be provided with “Special grasses and water”, which will give better yield, and make the animals healthier.

He also disclosed that special flasks, which can preserve raw milk for up to six hours, would soon be made available.

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Audu said the flask would enable cattle farmers to get the product to dairies in good quality.

In response, Mr. Joosten disclosed that Friesland Campina is a cooperative owned by 19,000 farmers.

He said the cooperative is 145 years old.

“It began business in Nigeria in 1973 as Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria.

“The company wants to partner with the Federal Government to build a healthier populace through better nutrition.

“We want to collaborate in the school feeding program and promote dairy development in the country.

“It has also been providing nutrition support for internally displaced persons in the North-East,” Mr. Joosten.