Farmers-herders crisis: FG prepares 15 grazing reserves for herdsmen
The Federal Government has prepared 15 grazing reserves under the National Livestock Transformation Plan.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Andrew Kwasari, said 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.
Kwasari told The PUNCH on Friday that some participating states had already commenced training for the implementation of the scheme.
“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,” the presidential aide said.
He added that “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.”
Recall that on February 13, 2021, the Federal Government announced that it had commenced the implementation of the NLTP and also disclosed that 20 governors had shown interest in the programme at the time.
Adding that President Muhammadu Buhari had secured a €400,000 grant from The Netherlands for the initiative.
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