The Federal Government in her determination to end the regular clashes between Farmers/Herdsmen which result in huge loss of lives, crops and properties has inaugurated a Local Organizing Committee.
The Honourable Minister Chief Audu Ogbeh (OFR) who inaugurated the Local Organizing Committee said “The need to keep our cattle in secured colonies 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, the Local Organizing Committee on National Conference for Livestock Development was therefore inaugurated in Abuja.
The Minister, during the inauguration in Abuja, said in addition, that marketing, infrastructural and value addition improvements will be much easier to achieve.
He also went further to appreciate the Committee members for their Commitment toward sustainable development of the livestock subsector, the Permanent Secretary and all Directors of the Ministry for their continued support of the Policy drive.
The Minister said transforming grazing reserve to ranches, was as a result of the recommendation of the 3-day Stakeholders Policy dialogue held in Kaduna in April 2017 which needed to be presented to a larger audience at a National Forum where Ministers of Agriculture from the sub-region will be in attendance.
He also said there is need to expand the audience to consider the technical recommendations of the policy dialogue due to the fact that similar challenges are being faced by our immediate neighbours on the continued clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
He then urged members to organise the conference with all necessary professionalism where we can consider the Kaduna recommendations and agree on which way to go forward on cattle grazing as well as overall livestock development in Nigeria.
Chairman of the Committee and Director Veterinary Dr. Gidion Mshebwala assured the Hon. Minister that they will bring their individual and collective skill and experience in preparing the National Conference on Livestock Development as the Minister directed and possibly come out with a draft national blueprint for livestock development that will be all encompassing and address issues related to livestock farming.
He then thanked the Hon. Minister for the honour and opportunity given them to serve and pledged that the committee will carry out the assignment diligently.
The Committee has four weeks to submit the report.
Muhammed Tahur Zakari MFR
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