- Amid the persistent herdsmen crisis, Governor Akeredolu has spoken on one of the steps he is considering taking to address the issues
- The Ondo state governor said he will adopt the federal government's National Livestock Transformation Plan
- However, Akeredolu said no land will be given to herders, noting that the NLTP does not include such
Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo state, has insisted that the state will not give land to herdsmen under his watch.
Legit.ng gathers that Akeredolu made this known while hosting a delegation of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at his office in Akure on Monday, March 15.
The governor said the NLTP was important as it would curb the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen. He explained that the NLTP does not include conceding land to herders, The Nation also reported.
“The National Livestock Transformation Programme; a number of our people don’t even know what it is all about. People see it as an attempt to give land to herders. Long before now, I have said we are ready in terms of having areas where the animals can graze.
“It (herders-farmer clashes) is becoming too destructive, especially when it comes to your major area which is agriculture. In Ondo state, we are into animal husbandry and fish farming because we have the longest coastline in the country.
“We do a lot of fishing; we are also into cash crops which we have been known for long before now. Our farmers are now afraid to go to farm because they can be kidnapped. We will ensure that there is grass and other ways of feeding this livestock."
Meanwhile, the Ondo state chapter of the Miyetti Allah Breeders Association of Nigeria has said its members are tired of open grazing.
The chairman of the herders association in Ondo state, Alhaji Bello Garba, urged the state government to make provision for ranches, noting that such a move will put an end to the frequent herdsmen/ farmers’ crises.
Legit.ng gathers that Garba said this on Wednesday, March 10, in Akure, during a public hearing on a bill to regulate rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for the establishment of ranches.
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