Farmers-Herders Crisis: FG Prepares 15 Grazing Reserves For Herdsmen In Ekiti, Ondo, 20 Others
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Over 200,000 hectares of land across 15 grazing reserves are being prepared by the Federal Government under the National Livestock Transformation Plan.
It was also gathered that 22 states had so far shown interest in the livestock programme that aims to address the incessant clashes between herders and farmers across the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Andrew Kwasari, who coordinates the NLTP, told Sunday PUNCH on Friday that some participating states had already commenced training for the implementation of the scheme.
Kwasari, who announced the commencement of the programme, had also stated that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), secured a €400,000 grant from.
The Netherlands for the initiative. The presidential aide said, “We have states in tiers one, two, three and four, depending on the ones that are ahead of others.
But I can’t give you the states that are in each particular tier for I’m on vacation now. I don’t have those details here with me now, until I return to Abuja. I don’t have access to those data now.”
He said, “There are 22 states that have written to us and two governors have transmitted letters to their various state livestock transformation officials as regards the project.
“Out of these 22 states, many have gone into training and the opening of offices. Some have even located over 15 grazing reserves, which have been surveyed by certain governors totalling over 200,000 hectares of land.”
Under the scheme, livestock farmers will have access to land for ranching, as the land will be made available to farmers at affordable rates.
On state governors interested in the programme, the FMARD-PACE had outlined them to include the governors of Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Zamfara, Kano, Ondo, Katsina, Bauchi, Yobe, Borno, Gombe, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Ekiti, Kogi, Ebonyi and Kwara.