The newly reanimated Ikun dairy farm in Ikun Ekiti in the Moba local government area of Ekiti state has started producing milk for the first time since its Foundation about 40 years ago.
The State Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, who made this known in Ado Ekiti, described the development as a symbolic milestone, and a sign of what to expect when the farm reaches full capacity.
Aare Olumilua recalled that in July, 2019, the State Government under the leadership of Governor Kayode Fayemi, signed an agreement with Promasidor Nigeria Limited, to form a joint venture company named Ikun Dairy Farm in Ikun-Ekiti.
According to him, Promasidor agreed to invest the sum of $5million in the farm, to procure at least 500 cows, processing equipment, renovate the buildings in the farm, adding that the farm is expected to produce up to 10,000 litres of milk per day, at full capacity.
Expressing satisfaction with the progress of work on the farm, Olumilua noted that in just a year after the agreement was signed, the farm has returned to life with over 120 cows in place, while 200 more were being expected before the year runs out.
“Arable farming has commenced in the area, while the promised renovation of buildings is ongoing, and over 30 people from the community have been employed by the company”, he said.
The Commissioner solicited the continued support of community leaders and people in the area, for efforts at developing the State, stressing the need for all and sundry to collectively treat government’s projects in their areas, as their personal property.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Investments, Trade and Innovations, Mr. Akintunde Oyebode, lamented that though the Coronavirus pandemic affected the progress of work on the farm, the effect of the pandemic was not insurmountable, and the farm would attain optimum capacity by the end of the year.
Oyebode assured that hundreds of direct and indirect job opportunities would be created when the farm attains full capacity, and charged people in the State to continue to support the efforts of the Fayemi-led administration at developing the State.