A Dutch firm, Cownexxion, has indicated interest in building cattle ranches in Nigeria. Mr Klaus Struilesma of Cownexxion disclosed this yesterday when President Muhammadu Buhari met with Chief Executive Officers of Dutch companies on the sidelines of his official visit to The Hague, Netherlands.
According to a statement by the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, Femi Adesina, over 20 CEOs of Dutch-owned companies were at the roundtable meeting. The federal government is mulling the idea of building cattle ranches in some states as a way of stemming the tide of killings due to the incessant farmers/herders clashes in Nigeria. The presidential spokesman also noted in the statement that Mr David Suddens of Vlisco said the company would invest on 400 hectares of land for a textile park in Nigeria.
At the meeting, Mr Hein Schumacher of FrieslandCampina also described Nigeria as “a most important country to us,” adding that the conglomerate would invest about 11 million euros in a “ready to drink project, using 100% locally sourced milk.” He also pledged continuous training for dairy farmers, and provision of fortified milk for school pupils.
Adesina disclosed that Mr Andrew Brown of Shell, has done business for over 60 years in Nigeria, with over 3,000 local employees.