‘Farmers, herders’ conflict depleting animal population’ –

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The Federal Government has expressed concern that the growing conflict between farmers and herdsmen throughout the country is depleting the animal population.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bukar Hassan, who stated this in Abuja yesterday during a workshop on livestock and livestock standards (LEGS) for livestock experts in Nigeria, said that the potential promises of the subsector are under threat of proliferation conflicts in the Middle Belt, in the north-east and in other parts of the country.

He expressed concern that the waves of destruction and demographic dislocations are so great and unprecedented that the installation of livestock is significantly disturbed when the animal population is completely destroyed in many cases, adding that the storm of cattle and related crimes are some of the crises.

Hassan, represented by the Livestock Director, Mr. John Taiwo, said that the LEGS program of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aims to save lives and livelihoods through two key strategies to help identify the most appropriate livelihood activities in emergency situations and the provision of standards, indicators and guidelines for interventions based on best practices.

In another project, the Agricultural Policy Research Network (APRNet) warned that, without appropriate implementation of the policy, the worsening problem of food shortages and hunger in the country may not end in the near future.

APRNet President Anthony Onoy, who stated this yesterday at the 9th seminar on agricultural policy in Abuja, noted that problems such as climate change, poor financing of agricultural research and shepherds, violent clashes with farmers in different parts of the country, can " to aggravate the already protracted food shortage problem, if not addressed at present, especially with the multi-stakeholder approach. "

Onyaja said that poor access to farmers' finances and other problems in the agricultural sector could lead to the sector not meeting the needs of Nigerians.



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