Tuesday, 14 July 2015

FG Moves To End Farmers, Herdsmen Crisis

Following the lingering conflicts between farmers and Fulani herdsmen which has resulted in the lost of lives and property, the Federal Government has taken steps to develop grazing reserves and stock route to put to an end the conflicts.
This is just as the permanent secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sonny Echono, inaugurated a special committee on strategic action plan for the development of grazing reserves and stock routes nationwide.
During the inauguration ceremony,  Echono said “the need to develop strategic action plan for the development of grazing reserves and stock routes nationwide as a pragmatic effort of the current administration to mitigate the recurring pastoralists and crop farmers conflict became imperative, following the persistent clashes which had taken a massive toll on human lives, property and the nation’s economy”.
He noted that the continued high frequency of the conflicts, ecological factors, increased cattle rustling, terrorism and insurgency, had made successive administration to give a lot of attention by setting up various committees to proffer appropriate solution towards adressing the incidence.
The permanent secretary, however, stated that it was in the same vein that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to consider the recommendations of the studies commissioned by the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) and the Northern Governors Forum, on the same subject with a view of developing a pragmatic strategic action plan for the development of grazing reserves and stock routes nationwide.
Speaking on the terms reference of the committee,  Echono said the committee will “develop short, medium and long-term strategic recommendations that will end the persistent farmers and pastoralists’ conflict in the country”.
He also said that the committee is expected to “review the policy on stock routes development with monuments to ensure free movement of livestock.
“Develop a framework under which pastoralists, using the grazing reserves and stock routes, will work with communities and  state authorities to settle, develop pastures and maintain the reserve infrastructure for sustainable use”.
The permanent secretary also inaugurated a committee on the resuscitation of cotton, textile and Garments industry in Nigeria.
Other committees inaugurated include committee on the operationalisation of Federal Government storage facilities and committee on the Revitalisation of Agriculture Extension services in Nigeria.

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