…nothing on ground in pilot states
The construction of cattle colonies by the federal government to address crises between herders and farmers is yet to take off, Daily Trust investigations have shown. Creation of cattle colonies for herders is one of the solutions contained in the National Livestock Development Plan (NLTP) launched by the federal government in January and its implementation is expected to have commenced since then.
The 10-year plan was developed to check the incessant conflicts between the headers and the farmers. It was developed by the National Economic Council (NEC), chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The Ministry of Interior and that of Agriculture and Rural Development were also part of the drafting committee.
Daily Trust reports that the idea of the cattle colonies was first disclosed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Audu Ogbeh in January 2018 at a Strategy Retreat for civil servants and political appointees of the ministry in Abuja. Daily Trust reports that the plan seeks to establish ranches in seven states of Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and Zamfara mostly hit by severe farmers-herder conflicts.
The plan is expected to costs the federal government and the participating states N92 billion with an additional over N100 billion from the private sector. Daily Trust investigations have shown that no colony has been created in any of the pilot states. Our correspondent reports that the implementation of the livestock plan is yet to commence.
Director of Livestock Services in the state Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Edward Amali, told our correspondent in Makurdi that work has not yet started on the pilot project in the state. Amali said the delay was because his ministry was working to seek the state government view about the FG’s idea of cattle colonies which contravenes the Benue anti-open grazing law. “The state government has to take a stand on the matter, so for now, implementation has not started,” Amali said.
In Kaduna State also, the Public Relation Officer, Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture, Dahiru Abdu, told Daily Trust that
Similarly, the Zamfara State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Lawan Jibrin Jangebe, told Daily Trust that “We are yet to be contacted on anything like that. So I can tell you that there is nothing like cattle colonies in the state at least for now,” he said.
Mapping of areas
Wase in Plateau’s southern senatorial district and Kanam in the
Plateau State Commissioner of Agriculture Hosea Istifanus told Daily Trust on
He said, “We have grazing reserves in Kanam and Wase local
He further stated that specialists have been taken to the affected areas to get samples of the soil for testing, stressing that, “we also have to harvest water, we have existing earth dams but they are not in good shape so the specialist that came from Abuja will do their own findings.” A former councillor in Wase, Shafií Sambo, told Daily Trust that a
Reports from Adamawa State also show that implementation of the plan
We are on course – FG
But speaking with Daily Trust in Abuja, the Advisor, Agriculture Interventions Coordination, Office of the Vice President, Dr Andrew Kwasari, said the implementation activities have commenced in earnest.
“We just concluded the survey of peace agencies or framework in each
“We have surveyed over 4000 destroyed homes, markets, churches and mosques in the affected communities in 7 states, we have also gone to BPP with requests to give no objection for the Ruga model support for the non-ranching option of the plan, we have received no objection from BPP and FEC has approved the provision of seeds, agrochemicals and fertilizer for the affected crop farmers in the affected communities,” the Advisor said.
Dr Kwasari said “So far, we have seen over 10 billion
Daily Trust gathered that five out of the seven governors
Expert laments delay
Source: Daily Trust