The Federal Government has inaugurated a committee to organise national livestock development conference to address farmers/herdsmen clashes in the country.
A statement by Alhaji Muhammed Zakari, Assistant Chief Information Officer, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, inaugurated the committee in Abuja.
Ogbeh said that the conference would discuss issues pertaining to the transformation of grazing reserves to ranches, which was part of the resolution reached at a stakeholders’ policy dialogue in Kaduna in April 2017.
He said that the conference would be an avenue to present the recommendation to a large audience for consideration and possible adoption.
The minister expressed regret that the crisis between farmers and herdsmen had resulted to loss of lives, crops and property across the country.
He stressed the need to keep cattle in secured colonies.
“There is need to present the recommendation to the audience at a national forum where Ministers of Agriculture from the sub-region will be in attendance because similar challenges are being faced by our neighbours. This will afford us the opportunities to curtail the incessant farmers/herdsmen clashes as well as embark on systematic cattle breed improvement. In a bid to achieve this commitment, we are inaugurating this committee on national conference for livestock development,’’ Ogbeh said.
Dr Gideon Mshelbwala, the Chairman of the committee and the Director, Veterinary and Pests Control Services, assured that the members are committed to ensure the success of the conference.
He said the committee would put in place draft national policy for livestock development that would be all encompassing to address issues relating to livestock farming.
The e committee has four weeks to submit its report to the ministry.