(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – As part of efforts to check incidents of famers-herders clashes, the Federal Government has revealed that it has mapped out 30 grazing reserves for implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP.
The government’s move was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Dr Andrew Kwasari, during a media parley on efforts being made by the government to check the incessant clashes between livestock herders and farmers across the country. The NLTP, which is cardinal under the Green Initiative project, has the potential of permanently resolving the lingering crisis.
In his words, He said: “The National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP, is a sure way in solving permanently the issue of the farmer-herder conflict; the real farmers and herders that have conflict and mark my words, real farmers and real herders that are in crisis today is triggered for resources of land, water, and pasture.
“The 19 Northern States have grazing reserves. So far we have mapped out over 30 grazing reserves and on paper, we have over 400 grazing reserves. So the northern governors have to be committed to working with the federal government, federal ministry of agriculture and rural development, supervision with the NEC, to make sure that wherever those grazing reserves are found that we able to convert them into lush green models specifically for pastoralists and the pastoralists will not migrate anymore. The land is there, we don’t need to look for land anywhere.
“The traditional rulers we consulted, like the Gbom-Gbom Jos, clearly advised, and said the low hanging fruit for federal and state governments is we make sure we settle pastoralists in gazette grazing reserves.
“This takes away any notion of land grabbing or taking land from communities and giving to pastoralists because we are in volatile situation, hate speech and all of that.”
He further said that Nigerians need to understand and embrace the NLTP by following modalities of the plan.
“If we are going to achieve this first of all Nigerians have to follow the signs that is clear to the NLTP, the methodology of NLTP as clearly pointed in the NLTP, and every state that adopts NLTP it is to its own reality; it is not conscription
PROJECTED IMPACT: The NLTP, if properly implemented, will modernise livestock production, modernize crop production, remove conflict, create dialogue, and create cohesion in communities.