The Federal Government has resolved to create cattle rearing colonies across the country as an avenue to solving the lingering crisis between farmers and herdsmen in Nigeria.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe made this known today in a statement.
According to him, “we want to handle the issue of cattle rearing and the crisis between farmers and herdsmen and actually bring it to a halt. “I know that some people argued that open grazing is our culture, once a culture begins to develop very dangerous trends, leading to warfare between people, bloody clashes and death, that culture is due for re-examination.
“A culture must not be left because it is a culture, if it is harmful, we reform it. “We are talking of cattle colonies, not ranches. We are talking of massive cattle breed improvement through artificial insemination, we have to start immediately.
“Sixteen states have given us land to work on, the programme is not going to be cheap but Mr. President has personally informed me that if we seek help from him, he will give it to us over and above the budget we have. “In our interactions with the herdsmen, they always say that if we have water and grass, we will not move anywhere” – Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development