Federal Government Introduces Innovative Pilot Cattle Ranch Initiative for Herders

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The Federal Government has launched a groundbreaking pilot cattle ranch scheme, to lessen farmers and herders conflict in the country.

Yusuf Bukar, the Director General of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall, disclosed the program during a capacity-building and technical training session.y

Meanwhile,Emphasizing the need for action amid climate change-induced conflicts, the government outlined plans to establish cattle ranches, fodder farms, and orchards as part of a comprehensive strategy.

Speaking on behalf of the agency, Safiyanu Yavala underscored the importance of collaboration between stakeholders, including the Wetland Farmers in Nguru Cooperative Society. This partnership seeks to empower affected communities and combat land degradation effectively.

“The climate change induced conflicts between farmer and herders and have resulted in several deaths, displacements, resettlement, loss of properties such as livestock, among others”.

“In recognition of all this, the National Agency for the Great Green Wall developed a survival mechanism following a strategic action plan through the establishment of Cattle Ranch, Fodder farm and Orchard model to strengthen the capacities of the affected victims.”

“This is why today, the National Agency for the Great Green Wall in collaboration with Wetland Farmers in Nguru Cooperative Society are here to encourage the communities to join the common purpose of participating in the efforts to combat land degradation,” he said.

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Also,Baba Othman, the National President of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, highlighted the economic potential of cattle ranching when supported by adequate infrastructure and social amenities. He stressed the need for sustainable practices and government investment in livestock development.

However,Abba Liman, Chairman of the Nguru Wetland Farmers’ Cooperative Association, reiterated the urgency of the situation, citing land scarcity and population growth as contributing factors to the conflict. He called for increased government support to address these challenges effectively.

The three-day training program will provide participants with practical knowledge in livestock breeding management, climate-smart agricultural techniques, and innovative orchard plantation methods.

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