In a decisive effort to end the frequent clashes that ensue between farmers and herdsmen in Nigeria, the federal government has initiated the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP) which will fund model ranches across the country.
Andrew Kwasari, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on agriculture, speaking on Tuesday, October 26, on the NLTP noted that the government will be disbursing funds to states that indicated interest to key into the scheme, Punch reports.
Kwasari disclosed that the President Buhari-led administration will commence the disbursement of funds to the states very soon.
States that have applied
He listed states whose governors have already applied for the fund as follows:
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Speaking further, he said:
“I have the list of all the governors, who have written to participate in the NLTP. There are 22 governors, who wrote to express interest in the NLTP.
“That is the first condition in the NLTP document. This project is not just something that is done on paper. There are guidelines as approved by the National Economic Council.
“But the bottom-line is that the NLTP is an ecosystem approach. It has six pillars that address all the things that have gone wrong with our livestock production system."
Why farm estates are different from Ruga and ranches
Meanwhile, the government had faulted the apex-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, for accusing President Buhari of attempting to bring back the rejected cattle colony and RUGA through the establishment of the farm estates.
The executive secretary of the National Land Development Authority (NALDA), Paul Ikonne said that the establishment of 109 Integrated Farm Estate by the federal government has nothing to do with Ruga or ranches.
But the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, had in a statement by its spokesman, Jare Ajayi, allegedly accused the federal government of attempting to bring back the rejected cattle colony and RUGA through the establishment of the farm estates.
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The director-general of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr. Osita Okechukwu, said the ranch project is more important to the survival of Nigeria because it will end worsening herders/farmers clashes across the country.