The Kano State Government has approved N9.2b for the purchase of 5 pure breeds of Friesian bulls to boost dairy production.
The bulls, when acquired will be handed over to the Kano State Agro-Pastoral Development Project where they will be used for artificial insemination at the Kadawa Insemination Centre in Garum-Malam Local Government Area.
According to the Project Coordinator, Ibrahim Garba-Muhammad, the project was supported by the Islamic Development Bank.
Ibrahim also stated why they decided to go for the Friesian cattle: “Friesian cattle produce large quantity of milk and their male calves can also be fattened to produce good quality beef. You may be aware that Kano has two Animal Insemination Centres, one in Kadawa and the other one in Makoda.”“Our project will equip and operationalize the one at Kadawa to enable it to inseminate 25,000 cows per annum, beginning from this year.”
- WHAT IS FRIESIAN CATTLE?
Holstein Friesians are a breed of dairy cattle originating from the Dutch provinces of North Holland and Friesland, and Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany. They are known as the world’s highest-production dairy animals.