(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Federal Government is set to attract private investment in the livestock sector to check insecurity and farmers-herdsmen conflicts.
This was stated by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja when he featured on the News Agency Nigeria flagship interview programme, NANForum.
According to Mohammed, one of the recommendations at the recent Town Hall Meeting on National Security held in Kaduna was that the current system of animal husbandry in the country had become unsustainable, adding that participants at the town hall meeting sponsored by his ministry underscored the need to mechanise the sector and adopt deliberate policies to attract investors.
Recall that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had in September 2019 inaugurated the National Livestock Transformation Plan at the Gongoshi Grazing Reserve in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area of Adamawa, where he disclosed that the plan was designed to run from 2019 to 2028 as part of the Federal Government’s initiative in collaboration with states under the auspices of the National Economic Council.
Osinbanjo further disclosed that the plan, targeted at supporting the development of Nigeria’s livestock sector, was to be implemented in seven pilot states of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara as a collaboration project between the federal and state governments, farmers, pastoralists and private investors.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The National Livestock Transformation Plan, which is in line with the recommendations of the town hall meeting, was designed to provide a modern dairy industry and in some cases integrated crop farming. If properly harnessed, the economic benefits and job creation potential in the livestock sector will be greater than in the oil sector.