Cattle Colonies: 16 Northern States Donate Land
Following move by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, to create cattle colonies in order to address the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmer, 16 Northern states have volunteered to provide land for the establishment.
They include Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Nasarawa and Plateau, Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, Jigawa, Yobe, Niger, Kogi and Kwara states.
According to Ogbeh, the initiative would put a stop to cattle’s tortuous trekking, lead to better feeding, quality meat, provision of good water for the animals, good veterinary services and new environment that would protect the cattle from rustlers.
Meanwhile, findings reveal that the 16 states agreed to provide 5,000 hectares of land each for the establishment of cattle colonies.
“We have agreed to work together to create a new culture of cattle rearing different from what we have today. We are told that it is a custom of the herdsmen to be moving around. The current culture of open grazing is posing serious challenges.
“It does not allow harvest of milk, while the yield on milk in Nigeria is one of the lowest in the world, averaging one or half litre per day,” Ogbeh said.