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Nigerian Army sets up cattle ranch in Abuja under its barrack investment programme

Nigerian Army sets up cattle ranch in Abuja under its barrack investment programme

The Nigerian Army farms and ranches has been established in Giri, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The initiative is a brainchild of the Nigerian Army's Barracks Investment Initiative Programme.

- Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches has been established in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja

- The initiative is part of the Nigerian Army's Barracks Investment Initiative Programme

- The was disclosed by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

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The Nigerian Army farms and ranches has been established in Giri, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The initiative is a brainchild of the Nigerian Army's Barracks Investment Initiative Programme.

We gathered that the vast ranch which could accommodate several thousands of cows has two breeds of about 300 cows.

Nigerian Army sets up cattle ranch in Abuja under its barrack investment programme


The COAS is changing the face of the Nigerian Army. Photo credit: SK Usman

The facility is also stocked with over 30 tonnes of feed concentrates, machines for making feeds and grass seeds for producing pasture.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, who made the disclosure this when the minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh presented farm implements and items to the force in Abuja, said the army is planning to replicate the facility at all its formations across the country.

He stated that the efforts of the federal government at achieving national security, including the fight against insurgency in the northeast, would be meaningless without food security.

According to him, the army is going beyond carrying arms in the affected areas to ensure security, they are playing active role in supporting the nation’s agriculture potential.

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He explained that the force is investing in livestock, fisheries, poultry and other aspects of agriculture, such that the army presently boasts of about 1,000 herds of cattle in its ranches in different formations across the country.

At the event, Ogbeh presented some agriculture machineries to the army to show the ministry of agriculture's support for the initiative.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian army has started taking delivery of some of the vehicles it ordered from Innoson motors.

This was disclosed by the director, army public relations; Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, via a Facebook post.

The army spokesman also stated that the vehicles have been configured fit for deployment into Operation Lafiya Dole theatre of operations in the northeast.

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