Farmers/Herdsmen clashes: Nigeria to establish cattle colonies

Herdsmen used to illustrate the story.

The federal government says it will soon commence the establishment of cattle colonies in the states to check increasing cases of farmers-herdsmen clashes in the country.

Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this at a Strategy Retreat for Civil Servants and political appointees of the ministry in Abuja on Monday.

Mr. Ogbeh, while stating the target of his ministry for 2018, said the ministry would also engage in massive cattle breed improvement through artificial insemination.

“We want to handle the issue of cattle rearing and crisis between farmers and herdsmen and actually bring it to a halt.

“I know that some people argued that open grazing is our culture, once a culture begins to develop very dangerous trends, leading to warfare between people, bloody clashes and death, that culture is due for re-examination.

“A culture must not be left because it is a culture, if it is harmful, we reform it.

“We are talking of cattle colonies, not ranches. We are talking of massive cattle breed improvement through artificial insemination, we have to start immediately.

“Sixteen states have given us land to work on, the programme is not going to be cheap but Mr President has personally informed me that if we seek help from him, he will give it to us over and above the budget we have.

“In our interactions with the herdsmen, they always say that if we have water and grass, we will not move anywhere, grass is not grass,’’ he said.

Earlier, Winifred Ochinyabo, Senior Adviser to the minister on Special Projects and General Duties said the cattle colonies would have social amenities such as good roads, a school for the nomads’ children and health facilities.

She said that agro rangers (security personnel) would also be at the colonies to help guard the animals.

According to her, the national herbage has drastically been depleted. We don’t have enough edible grass for our cattle anymore.

“The pasture production will be encouraged in the colonies as feed for the cattle, and goats

“We will be encouraging the youths to grow grass,’’ she said.

The Country Director of Synergos, Adewale Ajadi called for synergy between the states and federal governments to ensure success in the sector.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Synergos is an organisation that promotes collaboration among government and farmers’ organisations to improve the lives of small holder farmers.

He commended the Green Alternative Document, adding that it was a practical exposition of where the country had to go and set the future in the sector.

“This has to be a fundamentally different year because it is a year where the issues of change will be critical.

“What we do this year is not just significant to where we go as a country but significant to the future of our children,’’ Mr. Ajadi said.

He appealed to civil servants and political appointees to work together in order to achieve the desired result in 2018.

The retreat was organised by the ministry in collaboration with Synergos. (NAN)


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    Terrorists, nah wa o!!

    If una want drive people from their lands, make una say so nah.

    • emmanuel

      Spray pepper and salt on grasses in your farms and they would run back to their North. Cattles dont survive when they eat such

  • FreeNigeria

    Chicken farmers raise their chicken inside their poultry, same with goat, sheep and pig farmers. They buy feeds to feed their livestock. Why are cattle herders different? I’ve never seen cows in European streets or American streets. Not even Benin republic in our backyard. This culture of fulani herdsmen killing humans to feed their cow is insane. Our government is condoning it, even the midget VP is justifying it. The country is heading towards doomsday

  • obiora

    And where is the Land and Whose Land .Governors have no Land and Buhari will not Rule Nigeria forever. If he thinks, I will send Army to kill people, when he finished People will take their Land back from Fulani people. Is it not true that Fulani´s are not Afrikans why are they Looking for People´s Land. Buhari must stop what will bring more Problem in the Country.

  • whereto

    Excellent initiative. Needs to be implemented like yesterday.

  • Comfortkay

    Nigeria don’t need a cattle-colonies, we need state Police men and women . Our Current Nigerian Police only care for the rich people and politician.

  • Dazmillion

    We are talking of cattle colonies, not ranches

    Everyday Buhari government grows more dangerous. When states refused to give Buhari land for his ranches, they have now switched the word to Colony. The question then is whose land will Buhari be colonizing for his fulani brothers?

  • emmanuel

    No to cattle colonies. This is an attempt to prepare Nigeria for unprecedented crises

  • emmanuel

    Buhari has fanilly been unveiled. This is the reason he has had his tribes men kill people across Nigeria. The decaying Buhari and Ogbeh can make the whole North Nigeria cattle or leper colony, but would not have an inch down south.
    Both cattle and breeders would die mysteriously and we go full blown war.
    e don do. It is enough of the rubbish.

    • emmanuel


  • Mentus

    Why should one man’s means of livelihood be turned into a national burden. If they intend to nationalise cattle rearing then they should float it in the stock market and anybody interested would buy shares. In as much as these cattle are privately owned, the owners should buy land and create ranches for them.
    Has Ogbe lost his senses to recommend colonies, is he going to do the same for pig and goat rearers as well as owners of other businesses. I do hope the governors who agreed to donate land for these colonies consulted their electorate. They must not forget that are there for maximum of eight years and will likely not be there to deal with the repercussions in years to come.

  • Iskacountryman

    finally…we would colonise the south…