Udom Emmanuel, the governor of Akwa Ibom State, has said that his administration will establish a ranch in Uruan area of the state that would accommodate about 2,000 cows to be imported from Mexico.
He said this on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the flag off of an improved cassava stem plantation with the aim of crashing the price of garri.
The governor explained that the cow importation was to ensure fresh milk for Akwa Ibom people as against evaporated milk.
“Fresh milk is more nutritious and will enhance good health and growth among the people of the state,” he said.
“Our consultants are working hard to get the projects started.”
The cassava plantation, located in the Okobo Local Government Area of the state, is a pet project of his wife, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel.
The governor said he was putting in place a framework that would ensure “we can actually turn around and feed ourselves,” saying agriculture remains the highest employer of labour.
Mrs Emmanuel had earlier said that the project was in line with her husband’s initiative of returning people to the farm.