The Commissioner of Livestock and Fisheries Hon. Haruna Nuhu Dukku attended a stakeholder meeting with a powerful delegation from Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) preparatory to the construction of a new model of Cattle Ranching in Sheyi Grazing Reserve.

The meeting which took place in Minna also had the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Wasa Jonathan among other senior staff of the Ministry in attendance.

It will be recalled that in the early September 2020, Hon. Haruna Nuhu Dukku alongside the Permanent Secretary undertook an official visit to Abuja the aftermath of which only Niger and Kaduna States were nominated to serve as pilot states for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Agenda with technical support from FAO.

It is expected that by next month, January 2021, FAO will mobilize to site for commencement of execution of the project. Among the facilities to be constructed at the over 3-hectre cattle ranch include, Irrigation site, boreholes, milk collection centre, solar power installations and parking lot.

FAO opened its office in Nigeria in 1978 and has therefore been operational for over 40 years in the country. The FAO support and activities focused on providing technical assistance and policy advice for the development of crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry sub sectors, with due emphasis given to institutional capacity building and development of local skills and expertise to ensure sustainability.

In the same vein, the Commissioner also undertook an inspection tour to the construction site of a modernised Live-bird market and slaughtering centre at the Kure Ultra Modern Market and Chanchaga Irrigation Site in Minna.

At the Kure Market, Hon. Dukku alongside the Permanent Secretary were received and conducted round the facility by the Chairman of the Bird Sellers Group. Dukku however, expressed satisfaction over the progress of work as the work has attained near 90% completion.

Other facilities made available at the Live-bird market include motorised borehole with 6,000-litre capacity overhead tanks, toilet facilities, bird cages, among others.