Cameroon has imported 165 pregnant heifers from France to boost milk production in the country, according to the Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries Ministry.
A ceremony to receive the heifers took place on October 2, 2020 at the Garoua International airport.
Local reports say the Cameroonian government went for the Montbéliarde breed, following a working visit in Senegal back in 2018.
This is the first time Cameroon is importing this breed of dairy cows to the country.
In a bid to reduce foreign dependency and encouraging the production of local industrialised products, Cameroon’s Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries Ministry went for the importation of the heifers.
The Ministry says it will equally reinforce capacity of milk production and dairy products as well as improve nutrition.
Importing milk and milk products into Cameroon costs the public treasury 31 billion francs per year, according to official records.