The Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday launched the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) in the Awe Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State.
Speaking during the launching ceremony, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Mohammed Nanono, said the programme which is a pilot one would be replicated in other states that have indicated interest.
The minister explained that President Buhari’s administration has deliberately initiated the NLTP to develop the livestock sub-sector that was not given proper attention in the past.
He added that it was also aimed at ensuring that herders stay in a confide place to develop their economy with the government providing the necessary environment and support just like it is supporting other sectors.
Nanono, also expressed optimism that the programme would succeed at the end of the day thereby reducing the increasing farmers) herders crisis and other criminality in the country.
The minister further explained that the ranching project in Awe LGA of Nasarawa State would be on 22,000 hectares of land.
Similarly, Dr Andrew Kwasari, Senior Special Assistant to the president on Agriculture and National Coordinator of NLTP said 360 households in Awe were captured in the project.
He said the government would provide technical assistance to the herders and the needed facilities befitting of a modern reaching system.
He added that what is important is for the herders to have the knowledge on benefit ranching through practical experience hence the FG decided to test it for the herders to see.
On his parts, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State said the the state has key into the initiative of the FG in order to address the security problems associated with open grazing.
The governor also said that the programme would go a long way toward addressing crisis in Nasarawa/Benue boarders.
Bala Dabo, Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) who spoke on behalf of the herder in the state expressed gratitude to the President and the state government for making the project a reality.
Bala, Dabo said that the initiative would greatly benefit their people, tackle insecurity and boost the productivity of cattle.
Source: Daily Independent