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Minister says Nigerians are consuming over 80,000 cows daily

In a lead up to the National Conference on Transformation of the Livestock, to be held in Abuja, on Tuesday, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has hinted that Nigeria might experience draught of cows in the future with the increasing consumption of cows daily.

 

“The way we are consuming cows, slaughtering them is quite alarming. Lagos alone consumes 6,000 cows a day, that’s the figure at abattoirs, not figure from birthday parties and burial ceremonies and so on. Imagine what Port Harcourt consumers, or Umuahia, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, and Maiduguri. If you add it up, we may be eating up to 80,000 to 90,000 cows a day and we are not calving as many.

“Which means a day will come, if the West Africans don’t come into Nigeria with their cows, we may find out we have no cattle. So, that’s an economic danger that faces us.”

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