Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has advised Fulani women engaged in milk selling to imbibe modern dairy production introduced by his administration in order to meet international best practices.
Reports say that the Bagudu-led administration has established modern dairy production plants in Birnin Kebbi, Maiyama, Gwandu and Bagudo, among other local government areas of the state for processing of cow milk into yoghurt drink.
It was also gathered that the state government had in previous years trained 500 beneficiaries from pastoralist communities on modern dairy production to improve local milk and livestock production in the state.
Interacting with the Fulani women at Ficcinga in Gulumbe District of Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area, Governor Bagudu urged them to take advantage of the new methods to boost their revenue base in diary production in the state.
According to him, the main objectives of the scheme is to modernise local cow milk processing, in addition to easing the difficulties faced by milk sellers who trek long distances to hawk their products.
The governor observed that milk processed through modern methods last longer before expiration, thereby minimising losses.
Bagudu directed the authorities concerned to provide portable drinking water to the Fulani settlements at Ficcinga towards alleviating acute water scarcity in the hamlets.
It could be recalled that the state government last year distributed livestock and chicken to 2,778 pastoralists under the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme Aids for the purpose of diversifying the economy and increase the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The project also featured presentation of motorcycles and milk cans to10 milk collectors to collect and transport the fresh milk to livestock investigation and breeding centre at Bulasa in Birnin Kebbi Local Government for processing.