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11 States Have Donated 55,000 Hectares for Grazing Project – Min. of Agriculture Audu Ogbeh

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Audu Ogbeh

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh says 11 states have provided 55,000 hectares to establish ranches to curb farmers and pastoralists clashes in their states.

Ogbeh made this known at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

Ogbeh said the states are Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Gombe, Katsina, Taraba, Niger, Adamawa, Jigawa, Sokoto, and the FCT.

He said of all the enterprise in the livestock sector, only the poultry industry had achieved an appreciable level of commercialisation.

Ogbeh said other industries in the livestock sector were predominantly in the hands of subsistence farmers with pastoralist system of production contributing over 90 percent of cattle production in the country.

He said the 2011 National Agricultural Sample Survey indicated that Nigeria was endowed with an estimated 19.5 million cattle, 72.5 million goats, 41.3 million sheep, 7.1 million pigs and 28,000 camels.

Accordingly, the minister said the country had 145 million chickens, 11.6 million ducks, 1.2 million turkeys and 974,499 donkeys.

Ogbeh said this impressive statistics which had made Nigeria number one in livestock in Africa had not met the national demand of animal protein or contributed to the GDP over the years.

He decried the low milk production in Nigeria as a cow produced one litre of milk a day while a cow in Saudi Arabia or Brazil produced 30 to 40 litres.

“Saudi Arabia produces 4.7 million litres of milk daily while Nigeria imports about 1.3 billion dollar worth of milk annually to make up deficit.

The way forward in improving our livestock and dairy industry is to intensify efforts on adding value to the industry along the respective livestock value chains.

In line with our goal of attaining self sufficiency in animal protein, this administration has set out to establish ranches to be planted with high quality improved tropical grass and legume species.

We shall provide irrigation for all year commercial fodder production to enhance settlement of pastoralists and ensure cattle, sheep and goat improvement through an expanded breeding programme through artificial insemination.

We shall group dairy farmers in clusters, build their capacity and equip them with milk collection facilities and facilitate single digit loan for them,” he said.

The minister said there was a new disease outbreak affecting maize production in some parts of Edo and in the South West of the country.

He gave the name of the disease as “army worm”, adding that relevant research institutes were working on it and the ministry was monitoring the level of threat it posed.

Ogbeh urged farmers not to panic, adding that the ministry would take further action if the disease is not controlled within a short time.

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7 Comments

  1. king

    June 2, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Good cos dere wahala is three much wish d president address d issue on time before it gets out of hand!fayose shuld b giving credit for dis!

  2. oversabi

    June 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Nyesom, thank God you are the gov. Do not donate any frigging land. What does that even mean “donate?” Is it a lease or eminent domain grab? Tomorrow now, one rich hausa man will become master rancher because the deed of all these pastoral grounds are now in his name.

  3. Jo

    June 2, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Kudos to them! That is more than enough for the cattle grazing. Now, throw out that Grazing Bill as is or amend it to cover these donations and remove the provision in the Bill empowering the Grazing Reserve Commission to constitute ranches in any state.

  4. nnenne

    June 2, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Abeg, my dream is to own a palm plantation , orange/ Tangerine or pineapple orchard.
    I could even plant Ugu and bitter leave. I know bitter leave is an evergreen and Ugu is perennial.
    I will hire people to assist with the farming.

    Would appreciate it if hectares of land are DONATED to me. Thanks anyone?

  5. me

    June 3, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Yes the northern states should donate the land.. they have too many lands. No other state should even bother donating anything

  6. Naijatalk

    June 3, 2016 at 4:17 am

    I don’t think any of the SouthEast, SouthSouth or SouthWest state in their right minds will be a part of this. Let them contain their cattle in the North. There should be compensation for farmlands destroyed. Treacherous northern rulers.

  7. StraightTalk

    June 3, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Government’s business is to make the environment conducive for business to thrive by putting in place soft and hard infrastructure. This may involve enacting relevant laws, guaranteeing credits, energy, communication and transport infrastructure etc. Acquiring business premises in this case, land, should be entirely by private arrangement. Conflict of interest will arise when a government official or public servant uses his or her position to get government to act in his business interest. Let’s be clear about this, in stock exchanges and the financial sectors, insider trading or dealing on privileged information for pecuniary gains remains a very grave infraction.

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