Herdsmen/Farmers Crisis: FG To Establish Cattle Colonies
Following the incessant killings in some communities in Benue, Taraba, allegedly perpetuated by fulani herdsmen, the federal government has announced plans to to establish cattle colonies to mitigate the frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen nationwide.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, disclosed this yesterday at a security meeting convoked by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd). It had in attendance the governors of Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kaduna and Benue states.
According to him, the move was to end the culture of herdsmen moving about with their cattle.
His words: “ We are planning a programme called cattle colonies, not ranches, where at least 5,000 hectares of land would be made available, adequate water and pasture would also be made available. We also want to stop cattle rearers from roaming around.
“The culture of cattle moving about will be stopped as they will be provided with water and adequate security by the rangers, as well as adequate pasture milk collection even security for rustlers to enable them live a normal life. This has been done elsewhere in India, Ethopia and even Brazil.”