By Ochiaka Ugwu
Hungary and other leading nations in livestock production have collaborated with Niger State Government on the development of the sector in the state.
The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, who led a delegation to the Hungarian Embassy in Abuja on Tuesday, said the state has the potentials to be the hub of dairy production in the country and as such it has resolved to explore all available options to make it a reality.
He stated that the state has begun the development of grazing reserves in the state, starting with the gazetted one in Bobi, Mariga local government area and have commenced the process of gazetting the remaining ones.
He disclosed that the state has 12 grazing reserves, stressing that developing them will bring lasting peace between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
Bello added that the Bobi Grazing Reserve has received various partners, adding that pasture growing has reached an advanced stage.
So far, the state has received indication of interest and support on the development of its grazing reserves from the Netherlands, India, Pakistan, and Brazil among others.
Responding, the Ambassador of Hungary to Nigeria, Dr. Sàndor Beer assured that they were prepared to do business with real persons for mutual benefits and commended the Governor for leading such a high powerful team which indicates the seriousness of the state government.
Dr. Beer promised his country’s readiness to give technical assistance to the state, as Hungary and Nigeria were already having robust bilateral relations in the area of agriculture, added biogas and renewable energy production.
Hungarian ambassador explained that Hungary has a New African strategy for sub- Saharan Africa, as well as, have donations to Nigeria that is channeled through Friends of Hungary.
The Hungarian Minister is also expected to pay his Nigerian counterpart visit following the earlier visit of the Minister of Agric to Hungary, at the end of which a cooperation agreement will be fashioned out.
Meanwhile, Governor Bello also paid a courtesy visit to Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono to solicit the ministry’s support on the ongoing livestock and grazing reserve development in the state.
Governor Bello said the state needs support in areas of livestock breed improvement, pasture production and the settlement of herders.