Herdsmen will soon be organised into ranches – FG

In a bid to end the deadly clashes between herdsmen and farmers, the Federal Government has said it will soon organize herdsmen into ranches.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, disclosed this on Tuesday.

He said this while giving an account of the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Global Chief Executive Officer of Friesland Campina, The Netherlands, Roelf Joosten, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, quoted the minister as also saying that the animals would be fed with special grasses and water inside the ranches.

“The minister promised that herdsmen would soon be organised into ranches in the country, with special grasses and water, which will give better yield, and make the animals healthier.

“He also disclosed that special flasks, which can preserve raw milk for up to six hours, would soon be made available, enabling cattle farmers to get the product to dairies in good quality,” the statement said.

The President also decried the culture of waste which he said was due to lack of means of preservation of agricultural products.

“We have failed to develop our assets on a permanent basis. This, we are determined to work on,” the President promised.

Buhari urged Friesland Campina to educate cattle farmers that, “quality matters more than quantity,” and help them organise into cooperatives for better business.

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