No fewer than 250 cows arrived at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos from New Jersey, United States of America.
The cows were imported by Ekiti State Government in partnership with a private organization for their Dairy Farm in Ikun. About $5million was invested by the state government and the private organization into the Dairy Farm.
The Special Assistant to President Muhammad Buhari on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, confirmed this on his Twitter handle.
The cows were flown into Nigeria in crates, one crate got damaged and the ground staff didn’t secure the cows after offloading. The drama occurred when the cow started running and chasing staff at the airport tarmac. It took the intervention of some strong men to manage the situation.
The announcement was made on Thursday by the state Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning, Akin Oyebode.
According to Oyebode, the cows were taken for delivery to Ikun Dairy Farm Limited, to help boost milk production through the state-owned Ikun Dairy Farm.
“Update: 250 cows arrived this morning, for onward delivery to Ikun Dairy Farm Limited; a JV between Ekiti state government and Promasidor Group. We now have 300 jersey cows, and almost 500 in total. We moo-ve!”
It was reported in August 2020 that Promasidor had invested $5 million into Ikun Dairy Farm for the purchase of equipment, provision of appropriate herd of cattle, and development of an out-grower scheme with local farmers for providing feed for the cattle.
However, US mission said the collaboration will help in diversifying Nigeria’s economy. The mission explained that Ikun Dairy Farm target is 10,000 litres of milk per day.
“Ikun Dairy Farm plans to reach 10,000 litres of milk daily with cows from the USA. A great collaboration with Consulate Lagos that helps Nigeria grow and diversify its economy.”