Nigerian govt begins distribution of cattle feeds as alternative to cattle colony
Audu Ogbeh. Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture
London, Feb 2, 2018 (AltAfrika)-There are strong indications that the Federal Government of Nigeria is planning to abandon its proposed cattle colonies as panacea to incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen
This is because the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has commenced distribution of animal feeds to livestock farmers across the country in what some observers see as clear U-turn in policy or a plan B to the overwhelmingly rejected idea of cattle colonies
The programme kicked off on Thursday with one hundred livestock farmers in Osun State, South West, Nigeria benefiting from the scheme
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Audu Ogbe, represented by the Ministry’s Director of Animal Husbandry, John Toyin Taiwo at the flag off ceremony in Osogbo said the livestock sub-sector with 19.2 million cattle was an important and and integral part of the Nigeria’s economy and a major source of household wealth and food security.
He said the focus on green alternative particularly livestock was to ensure an all year round feed, health care and general good management practices with a view to meeting world market target of 120,000 carcasses per week on demand in the Middle-East.
Each of the beneficiaries went away with 10 bags of fattening feed and two blocks of mineral salt.
Some of the farmers said the Federal Govt initiative would go a long way in reducing clashes between herdsmen and farmers.