The Akwa Ibom State Government has imported 2,000 cattle from Brazil, said the State Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh.
Udoh said the need was for massive meat production in the state to enable sufficient protein intake among people and food sustainability in the oil rich state.
It was while interacting with newsmen in Uyo, the state capital, that Udoh said the move was aimed at increasing agriculture as well.
According to him, “The ranch was established in conjunction with foreign investors. The cattle have been quarantined. You know in the heat of the election, nobody wanted to venture into that ranch. And in the heat of that too, the Commissioner for Agriculture lost his seat.
“The reason we quarantined the cattle was that, first we needed to inoculate them. What I mean by quarantined is that we needed to get them acclimatized to the weather and prepare them for the long trip across the Atlantic Ocean.
“While we quarantined and inoculated them, we tried to get some pregnant because it is a long journey and some could die on the way. These are rare breed of cattle that can produce milk and meat at the same time. We are expecting 2,000.”