Fifteen wagons containing about 500 cows yesterday arrived Oko-Oba, Lagos State from Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.
The wagon left Gusau Thursday and arrived Lagos hours before schedule, the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) said Saturday.
The Managing Director of NIRSAL, Abdulhameed Aliyu described the feat as a pleasant surprise and good omen for the innovative project of moving cattle from the north to the south by rail.
According to him: “We are indeed happy to hear that the wagons have arrived ahead of schedule.
“We are very delighted that the historic train has arrived earlier than projected.
“It is a good omen and a further source of encouragement as we strive towards improving and deepening our Farm to Market Scheme”.
It would be recalled that NIRSAL, two days ago, flagged off its National Farm to Market Scheme in Gusau, Zamfara, which aims to provide low cost transport link between agricultural producers and consumers across the country.
The scheme initially focuses on livestock movement from north to south by rail.
Under the scheme, NIRSAL provides bank guarantees for the financing of critical requirements involved in the movement of the cattle including logistics and equipment.