The Technical Sub-Committee set up by the National Economic Council (NEC) Working Group has recommended the adoption of ranching in some of the states affected by farmers/herdsmen clashes as a sustainable solution to the conflicts.
While presenting an interim report at this month’s NEC meeting, the committee also debunked earlier reports that it pronounced a ban on the movement of herdsmen.
The NEC Working Group, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, which noted that ranching would enhance the production of healthy cattle in the country, identified the need to transform the livestock industry into a model for cattle production as one of the remedies for constant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
Following its visit to five out of seven of the affected states, including Zamfara, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Taraba and Benue, the committee noted that a root cause of the conflict was the struggle for scarce land and resources.
Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi who spoke to journalists after the meeting called for the deployment of more security operatives in Benue state, disclosing that most of the killings in the area are carried out by herdsmen from outside the country.
Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, at the meeting, gave an overview of the Agriculture production initiative,stating that it has contributed about 27% to the expansion of the Nigerian economy over the past 35 years.
“Agriculture is Nigeria’s single largest economic sector, accounting for 24% of the GDP in 2016 in spite of recession, and has consistently increased to 25.08% as at 2017″, he said.