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Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes: FG Proposes Ranches, Herdsmen Insist on Grazing Routes

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HerdsmenThe Federal Government on Tuesday reaffirmed its plans to establish cattle ranches as lasting solution to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria.

Minister of State, Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri spoke at a one-day public hearing on a motion: “Tackling the Perennial Conflicts between farmers and cattle herdsmen”.

The event, which was organised by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, sought to proffer solutions to the frequent clashes.

Lokpobiri, who represented the Minister of Agriculture Audu Ogbe, said that the constant problem between the Fulani herdsmen and communities was as a result of climate change resulting from global warming and desertification.

He explained that these herdsmen had no option than to migrate southwards to find pastures for their animals, which now faced starvation in the North.

Lokpobiri said that nomadic cattle rearing had become obsolete and this was why ranches were a necessity to provide adequate food to the cattle and forestall unnecessary clashes.

He said that with ranches, the livestock would be healthier, more productive, while the herdsmen would avoid unnecessary attacks.

The minister also noted that there is a huge market and opportunity in the diary industry, adding that cattle merchants could tap into the opportunity by embracing modern rearing methods.

“There is this huge opportunity in this sector. For milk powder alone we spend 1.3 billion dollars; for dairy products, milk products, we spend as much as 5 billion dollars a year,” he said.

However, the herdsmen, under the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, rejected the proposal of the government to establish cattle ranches but insisted on having grazing reserves and routes.

The National Legal Adviser of the body, Bello Tukur, said that what they wanted was the establishment of grazing reserves and routes across the country.

Tukur said some of the herdsmen already established ranches in their various areas of operations and there was no need for government to do same.

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. ElessarisElendil

    May 11, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Hian, the Nigerian government needs to grow a pair ASAP. How many groups can poke it in the eyes. If they refuse to accept ranching, they better be ready to accept bullets. Which will happen one way or the other.

    LOL! Miyetti Allah has been watching too much BBC, we’re not as conciliatory towards Barbarians as the Europeans.

    • igodomigo suleman

      May 21, 2016 at 1:11 am

      I DO NOT KNOW WHERE WE ARE DESCENDING INTO THAT LEADERS DOES NOT CARE ABOUT HUMAN LIVES ANYMORE? YOU GUYS ARE DANCING ON THE GRAVE OF THE INNOCENTS THAT DIED IN THE HANDS OF THESE CRIMINAL FULANI HERDSMEN. THIS IS WICKEDNESS N HATRED AT DISPLAY OR IS IT BCOS THEY ARE “INFIDELS”? (1) FIRST THE FEDERAL GOVERMENTS TALKS FOR NOW SHOULD BE CENTERED ON HOW TO COMPENSATE THE FAMILIES OF THE INNOCENT DEFENCELESS CIVILLIANS MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD BY THE HERDSMEN BEFORE TALKING OF PROVIDING PEOPLES LANDS AS COMPENSATION TO THEM FOR KILLING INNOCENT CIVILLIANS WHO HAVE TOLERATED THEM OVER THE YEARS, AND WHERE HAVE OUR REASONING FACULTIES GONE TO? (2) ARE THESE HERDSMEN NOT PRIVATE BUSINESS MEN MAKING PROFIT AND WHY MUST PEOPLES LAND BE PROVIDED TO THEM FREE? (3) WHAT IS THE AMOUNT OF TAX THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE NATIONAL PURSE THAT IS IF AT ALL THEY HAVE EVER PAID TAX? PLEASE LET THE FIRST THING BE DONE, START FIRST WITH THE COMPENSATION OF THE DEAD IF YOU DO NOT HATE THEM.

      Read more at: vanguardngr.com/2016/05/herdsmenfarmers-clashes-atiku-unfolds-plans-for-cattle-ranches-nationwide/

  2. Person

    May 11, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Grazing routes and reserves on other people’s land? These people must be high on drugs. Maybe when Southerners begin to respond to the violence, the FG will grow a pair. Bunch of idiots.

  3. Ebony

    May 11, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    1) Why are we reactive? Possibly a good idea, but are we sending out a message that if there is such unrest in a different sector of the economy we’ll react by making plans to suit them?
    Like a toddler throwing tantrums and you have to find a way to stop them from crying.
    It’s absurd. Why will anyone think it’s okay to kill my source of income (farm land) to protect your own source of income (livestock)?
    It’s disgusting to think about.
    2) If they were proactive, they shouldn’t have waited for the full effect of global warming. It didn’t happen one day. We should have been paying attention to our Agric sector. It clearly isn’t affecting the economy alone, but also lives.
    There are artificial means of sustaining grasslands. We could have invested in these.
    Everything doesn’t make sense. So if your livestock is facing starvation, you have “no choice” than to come starve me by destroying my crops to feed your livestock? Where is that done? Oh, Nigeria.
    And they are there insisting and rejecting. Don’t these people have local leaders that can talk sense to them?
    We should start requiring visa to move round within Nigeria even. With closed state borders. Msheew. Imagine.
    If they have already established ranches, let us have these documented with no issue of land ownership contest.
    The government really cannot do everything. They can subsidize. Work hand in hand with the Agric sector. These people are doing it as business anyway. Not a charitable venture

  4. nnenne

    May 12, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Because your land is dry, you should come down and deprive me of the little land I own?
    Hear yourself Nigeria! !!
    We are watching those stupid southern governors, you reason out of their pockets.
    Hope Nigerian government will live with the consequence of decisions it makes.

    If your land can’t support your trade, give it up!!!
    Simple!

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