The Akwa Ibom state government reportedly imported 2,000 cattle from Brazil as part of efforts to produce sufficient meats in the state.
The government also said it took the decision with a view to ensuring food sustainability and increasing protein intake for Akwa Ibom people.
The state commissioner for information, Charles Udoh, stated this while interacting with journalists in Uyo, adding that the state government had adopted a holistic agriculture plan on food security.
In his words: “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 acclimatised 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 a rare breed of cattle that can produce milk and meat at the same time. We are expecting 2,000.”