The Federal Government says it will provide insurance and agro-rangers for ranch operators to curb cases of cattle rustling and farmers/herdsmen clashes across the country.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said this at a 3-day National Conference on the Transformation of the Livestock Industry in Abuja on Tuesday.
Osinbajo, represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, noted that the 3,000 agro-rangers had been adequately trained to protect animals and the livestock from rustlers.
The vice president said the rangers would be posted to ranches at no cost to the beneficiaries.
“We have now put together a new security group called the agro-rangers. These rangers are being trained by the ministry of interior, they are heavily armed. Three thousand of them are being trained.
“If you start a ranch or you have a big agricultural project, approach us, we will post them to you at no cost to protect your investment.
“We need prosperity in that sector because we know that if it thrives, a great deal of good will be done to our country.’’