Benue govt to boost investment in pig farming

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue State Government is to boost investment in pig farming by facilitating funding for farmers in that category.

Governor Samuel Ortom stated this yesterday at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi during a courtesy call on him by Pig Farmers Association of Nigeria, PigFAN.

He stated that with commitment and a formidable association, pig farmers could access funding from the Bank of Industry to venture into processing of pork for export as well as create a market for buyers.

Governor Ortom urged Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals and that of Industry, Trade and Investment to also liaise with the association to work on getting a four hectre land at the industrial layout, Makurdi for the establishment of the processing plant.

The Governor acknowledged the positive impact of pig farming and commended his predecessor, Senator Gabriel Suswam for introducing high breed pigs in the state, adding that the project was worth venturing into.

State Secretary of Pig Farmers Association of Nigeria, PigFAN Benue State Chapter, Mrs. Mary Aku commended the efforts of Governor Ortom in promoting pig production in Benue State through establishing of an artificial insemination centre.

Mrs. Aku stated that the support of the Governor has elevated the status of the state to become the biggest in pig production in Nigeria as well as being the first state in the country with pure breed of pigs.

The Secretary of PigFAN appealed to Governor Ortom to assist the association with land and finance to build a pig processing plant in Makurdi which she said would help in marketing pig product locally and internationally.

The association presented an award of commendation to the State Government from a French Academic Evaluation Agency in Netherlands in recognition of its impact in the pig industry, courtesy of Governor Samuel Ortom.