Breaking News: FG to create Ministry of Live stocks

The National Livestock Reforms Committee has recommended the establishment of Ministry of Livestock that will supervise issues of farmers/herders clashes in the country.

The Committee highlighted that there are four different forms of herdsmanship in the nation when it presented President Bola Tinubu with its recommendations on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Abdullahi Ganduje, the head of the delegation and national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, NLC, claims that there are herdsmen who settle near their homes, those who migrate within Nigeria, those who come from neighboring West African nations, and those who have settled among particular ethnic groups who have become natives of the region.

It is satisfying to lead this group of patriotic Nigerians and professionals from a variety of disciplines of human endeavor as we give the findings of the national conference on Livestock Reforms to Mr. President, Ganduje added.

“The Report was born out of the pressing need to expand the livestock business in Nigeria and to find answers to the long-running disputes between farmers and herders.

“Due to the low productivity of the industry, Nigeria now relies heavily on imports, depleting its meager foreign exchange reserves to pay for the importation of dairy, meat, and other animal goods. Similar to how civilians are being killed and losing their livelihoods as a result of the wars, this further threatens the nation’s ability to live in peace.

“With a growing population, ecological changes such as soil erosion and degradation of rangelands as well as climate change, adopting innovative agricultural and livestock production methods is no longer a necessity. a luxury but an essential investment that a people-centered government under your leadership must vigorously pursue. .

“There have been many attempts to develop the livestock industry, with varying degrees of failure and success. The adoption of improved production practices to increase productivity and help herders settle permanently has been a disaster due to many factors such as inadequate program planning and financing, poor extension services poverty as well as other cultural, economic and technological obstacles.

“The persistence of these problems has allowed unfair and fierce competition to develop between farmers and ranchers, leading to violent conflicts across the country. »

He said that throughout his tenure as governor of Kano State, his administration made conscious efforts to advance the modernization of cattle production while also bolstering local government to maintain connections and settle disputes peacefully between the groups. As a result, throughout our eight years in office, Kano State remained one of the most tranquil States in the nation.

He said, “It is these and other related experiences that this Committee reviewed and analysed, while also drawing from varied experiences across the World to come out with practical recommendations for reforming the livestock industry at the national level.

“The committee that prepared this Report is made up of eminent Nigerians under the Chairmanship of Prof Attahiru Jega with members from the organised private sector, academia, practising pastoralists and farmers, representatives of farming and pastoralists communities, civil society organisations and specialists in various fields of livestock development and conflicts management.

“They worked assiduously to organize a national conference on 13th and 14th February 2023 with about 500 participants including traditional rulers, technocrats, bureaucrats, practitioners, farmers and pastoralists organisations, civil society organisations, international organisations, development experts and other range of professionals and stakeholders at national and international levels contributed to the discourse on the most viable options for achieving sustainable modernization of livestock production and achieving peaceful and harmonious relations between farmers and pastoralists. “

The APC national Chairman told President Tinubu that the report submitted to him has the antidote to the problems of the livestock industry, adding, “It addresses the key reforms and presents various development options needed for the sustainable development of the sector.”

Ganduje said implementation of the proposals would increase productivity, improve livelihoods, promote environmental conservation, address significant causes of conflict between farmers and herders and help reduce import costs. export animal products such as milk and beef.

“There are clear strategies to ensure inclusion and benefits for all Nigerians, without political, ethnic or regional bias. This is a rigorous development document intended to guide federal, state, and local governments on how best to promote industry, improve people’s quality of life, and promote peaceful coexistence. and social harmony.

“I use this rare privilege to call on the President to personally study the report and direct its full implementation. An important recommendation is the need to establish a federal agency tasked with directing reform and sustainable development of the livestock sector. “The proposed Livestock Reform and Development Authority must be empowered and fully funded for the good of the country,” he said.

Responding to a House reporter’s question about the President’s reaction after receiving the report, Ganduje said:
“Let me start with a proverb: “Declaring war is easy, but waging war is difficult.” This means we have made some important recommendations because we have studied previous efforts; We summarize the failures and successes and make recommendations to the President.

“But to find a solution, a practical solution, to achieve the desired goal, a strong institution is needed. We recommend the establishment of a Ministry of Livestock and follow-on agencies so that the various aspects of the recommendations have appropriate institutions for implementation.

“We also suggested a funding source, which might come from the government itself, the corporate sector, or international organizations. The response we receive is that Mr. President is prepared to offer a solution to these issues, particularly with regard to the economy of the cattle and then the security components of the dispute between herders and farmers.

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