To launch the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), the Federal Government has authorized the establishment of grazing stores in the 19 northern states and two others in the South West –Oyo and Ogun, Infoxclusive has learned.
While Ogun is yet to be gazette for the or the scheme tailored at having at least a ranch in every state, the Acting Director, Animal Husbandry in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Winnie Lai- Solarin, confirmed the development.
Also speaking yesterday in Abuja during the 44th standard gathering of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD), the minister, Sambo Nanono, asserted that 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had registered with the NLTP’s office.
He said a Dutch consortium was joining forces with the public authority to start the pilot stage for the undertaking in Nasarawa State, adding that the site will serve in as a center point for information and skill transfer to the pastoral communities and urge them to embrace farming as a method of cultivating.
“We are all aware of the troubles that our nation is going through with respect to the farmers-herders clashes, which have often produced violent and expensive consequences. This administration is more committed than ever to resolve this problem on a more permanent solution,” the minister noted.
He said when fully implemented, the NLTP would stop to the incessant clashes and introduce the herders to the modern way of raising cattle, with all the additional advantages of improved taking care of, animal and human health, genetic improvement, value addition and better financial representing members.
He expressed that the scheme had adjudged well-conceived globally, with the government taking steps to establish an empowering climate to draw in more interests into the sub-sector.
In any case, to ensure effective monitoring of government interventions in the agriculture sector, the current administration has set up an online portal capture bio-data of 10 million farmers and links them with their plots, crops and volumes of production in the country.
He said the government at first planned to capture 2.4 million ranchers but ended up extending the target to 10 million on the counsel of the Economic Sustainability Plan Team.