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Livestock ministry: NRC Launches Rail Transport for Cattle to Boost Agriculture



Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has reveal plans to transport cattle from the North to other parts of the country via rail. This innovative initiative aims to modernize livestock movement and ease the longstanding challenges faced by herders and farmers across the nation.

Speaking on Channels Television’s The Morning Brief breakfast show, NRC Managing Director Fidet Okhiria revealed that the movement of cattle from the North to the South will commence soon. The initial phase will utilize the Warri-Itakpe route, marking a significant step towards improving the efficiency and sustainability of livestock transport in Nigeria.

Okhiria highlighted the NRC’s commitment to modernizing the movement of goods, stating, “We’ve built 15 wagons for livestock and maybe in the next month or two, they will be deployed from Itakpe to Warri to drive the economy. We aim to link cities and streamline transportation, not just for profit, but for broader economic benefits.” This new rail service promises to enhance connectivity and reduce the strain on road networks.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after President Bola Tinubu declared the creation of the Ministry of Livestock Development, further underscoring the government’s dedication to resolving the herder-farmer crisis. Together, these initiatives signal a new era of progress and cooperation in Nigeria’s agricultural sector, offering hope for a more harmonious and prosperous future.