Nigerian Army Farms and Ranches has been established in Giri, a satellite town in the nation’s federal capital as part of the Barracks Investment Initiative Programme of the Army. The vast ranch which could accommodate several thousands of cows has two breeds of about 300 cows.
The facility in the outskirts of Abuja 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 disclosed 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 these at all its formations across the country.
He pointed out that the efforts of the federal government at achieving national security, including the fight against insurgency in the North-East, would be meaningless without food security.
Buratai said the army is going beyond carrying arms in troubled areas to ensure security into playing active role in supporting the nation’s agriculture potential.
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.
The Ministry of Agriculture showed their support for the initiative by presenting some agriculture machineries to the army.