"It’s Doubtful Herders Will Willfully Destroy Farms", FG Says

"It’s Doubtful Herders Will Willfully Destroy Farms", FG Says

  • The FG says it does not believe that herders would intentionally unleash their cattle to destroy peoples' farms
  • According to the minister of agriculture, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, herders and farmers clash has always been there from time immemorial
  • However, the minister agreed that ranching remains the best way to go if the problem is to be effectively solved

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The federal government has expressed doubts that herders intentionally unleash their cattle on farms.

The minister of agriculture, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, stated this while responding to questions at the presentation of his ministry’s scorecard for 2015-2023, Vanguard Newspaper reports.

FG dismisses herders allegations that herders intentionally destroy farms
FG says herders will not intentionally destroy peoples' farms. Photo credit: Audu Bello.
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Abubakar said:

“This is an age-long problem of farmers/herders conflicts but I do not think that at any given time herders intentionally push their cattle to go and eat farm produce or crops.

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“Accidentally, the cows might stray and go. This has been the source of the conflict. So, ranching is the easiest and the best thing to do.”

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Meanwhile, Benue state has again come under heavy attack by herdsmen and kidnappers after violent activities by terror groups were suspended in the state for a few weeks.

Benue is one of the states terribly hit by herdsmen attacks and kidnappings since the Buhari administration waged war against terrorists nationwide.

A combined team of the military and the police, known as operation Zenda, has been fighting so hard to eliminate terrorists, especially marauder herdsmen from the state.

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In another report, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, said that the issue of grazing cattle either in a controlled space or in the open field is not a federal matter.

Speaking during an interview with Arise Television on Friday, July 22, Atiku said the issue of grazing should never be brought up at the national level.

The former vice president of Nigeria said it is pertinent to allow various states to address cattle grazing as it so applies to them. Also citing that grazing has always been an issue of the state, Atiku admitted that during the First Republic, its discussion was limited to the regional level.

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