The Plateau government has approved N3 billion to reacquire Barc farms, a subsidiary of the state-owned Jos International Breweries, sold to a private farmer 24 years ago.
Special Adviser to the state governor on Media and Publicity, Dan Manjang said the figure was agreed upon after months of negotiations with the buyer of the facility.
“The facility is very crucial to our agricultural revolution programme; that is why we approached the buyer, who agreed to re-sell it back to us.
“The farm has more than 5,000 hectares for agricultural investments; the Plateau people were not happy when it was sold out, so we had to buy it back because it is a major asset,” he said.
Manjang expressed government’s readiness to right the wrongs of preceding administrations, saying that government would always be guided by the interest of the Plateau people.
He said that government had also initiated steps to revive many industrial outfits like the Jos International Breweries, Fertiliser Blending Plant, Barkin Ladi, as well as the Plateau Bottling company.
“A German firm has just completed an audit of equipment at the Jos International Breweries preparatory to reviving the firm; we expect the machines there to roar back to life very soon”, he said.
The official restated government’s commitment to cattle ranching, and described the policy as the best way of rearing cattle globally.
“The bill for ranching has been knocked off at the federal level, but we still encourage people to embrace ranching because its benefits are numerous.
“Aside healthier cattle, the milk production will be higher, while youths used as herders will be freed to go to school and be more productive.
“Above all, ranching shall minimise the clashes between farmers and herdsmen because cows will be restricted to one space, which checks the possibility of straying into farms.”