Hungary has joined other leading livestock countries that are partnering with Niger State Government towards the development of the sector in the state.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who led a delegation to the Hungarian Embassy in Abuja, said the state has the potential to be the hub of dairy production in the country 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.
The Governor 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.
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 a robust bilateral relationship 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 channelled through Friends of Hungary.
The Hungary Minister is also expected to pay his Nigerian counterpart visit following the earlier visit of the Federal Minister of Agric to Hungary, at the end of which a cooperation agreement will be fashioned out.
Meanwhile, Governor Sani Bello also paid visit to the Minister of Agriculture, Alh. Mohammed Sabo Nanono to solicit the ministry’s support on the ongoing livestock and grazing reserve development in the state.
Governor Sani Bello said the state needs support in areas of livestock breed improvement, pasture production and the settlement of herders.