The Federal Government says its plan to establish cattle colonies across the country has received major boosts as sixteen have donated lands to its for the programme.
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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh had laid bare government’s plan to establish cattle colonies on the heels of the killings of farmers by Fulani herdsmen in Benue communities during the New Year.
The plan has been greeted with chorus of criticism.
In a statement released by Mr. Tolu Makinde, the Director, Information in Agriculture and Rural Development, Ogbeh explained the rationale behind the idea saying his statement was misconstrued.
The minister added that some states have keyed into the programme just as he shed light on it.
The statement reads: “Cattle colony is not using herdsmen to colonise any state. It is going to be done in partnership with state governments that will like to volunteer land for it.
“The Federal Government will fund the project and those wishing to benefit from it will pay some fees.
“While ranching is more of an individual venture for the herdsmen and those wishing to invest in the livestock sector, cattle colonies is a larger project where up to 40 ranchers can share same facility that will be provided by the government at a reduced rate.
“Already, 16 states have volunteered land.”