Representing President Buhari at the 19th Regional Implementation Forum for International Fund for Agricultural Development-supported projects in West and Central Africa in Abuja on Tuesday, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh has said that in the next 18-24 months, no cattle will roam the country.
The Minister said, “This is why our government has decided that grasslands in large portions around the country will be created and improved grass seeds will be brought in from other countries, which have gone ahead of us to create the desired grass that will make it unnecessary for the herdsmen to roam about. So in the in next 18 to 24 months, we assure you that no cattle will roam about in this country…. We have given support to rice, wheat and cassava farmers; also to cocoa producers.”
He also called on individuals to invest in animal husbandry saying, “We need young women and men who can invest in cattle rearing and milk production as this must not be left only to the Fulani herdsmen. Feeding cattle has been an issue, which we need to address.”
According to Daily Post, the measure is a part of the government’s plan to stop the invasion of communities and massacre of the indigenes by herdsmen.
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