Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh

By Ige Olugbenga

The federal government has concluded plans to hold a national conference in June to discuss and proffer solutions to the farmers-herdsmen clashes currently ravaging the country.

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, disclosed this when a joint dialogue to analyse the root causes of the crisis submitted its report in Abuja on Monday.

Ogbeh said the government would engage all stakeholders involved in cattle breeding as well as farmers to discuss and analyse the situation with a view to finding a solution to the crisis.

The minister listed other stakeholders to be involved in the conference to include policy makers, the security agencies, Ministry of Interior and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).

Ogbeh said the issue of herdsmen and farmers clashes and the big question of grazing reserves and ranches done by the committee are supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

FAO recommendations

Dr Rabe Mani, the Assistant FAO Representative in Nigeria, said that access to land, capital, market, infrastructure, inputs and manpower were needed to improve the livestock production in the country.

He said the committee recommended at least a 10-year national livestock or ranch development plan to establish milestones and targets.

According to him, the reason for the plan is to aid entrenchment for implementation.

Baba Ngalzarma, the national secretary of MACBAN, applauded the recommendation saying it would help to solve the problems being faced by its members if implemented.