Nigerian govt finally reveals plans to end farmer-herder clashes
The government of Nigerian says it will encourage private investment in the livestock sector to curb banditry, cattle rustling and farmers-herdsmen clashes.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria’s flagship interview programme in Abuja.
Mohammed said one of the recommendations at the recent Town Hall Meeting on National Security held in Kaduna was that the current system of animal husbandry in the country had become unsustainable.
The Minister said the National Livestock Transformation Plan inaugurated by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in line with the recommendations of the town hall meeting.
Mohammed said nomadic cattle rearing is more of a culture and way of life for Fulani herdsmen and there is the need for vigorous advocacy to convince them of the benefits of modern methods like ranching.
“For the average Fulani man, moving around with his cattle is his way of life even when the business can be better done through other methods like ranching.
“We need time to convince them, that the average cow in a ranch produces 12 times the volume of milk and 10 times the quantity of meat than the one on the march produces.
”That is why advocacy forms part of the components of the Federal Government’s National Livestock Transformation Plan,” he said.
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