NIAS advocates ranching to end farmers, herders crisis

THE Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) has advocated for the introduction on ranches in order to end the lingering crisis between farmers and herdsmen.

The Institute said cattle remain valuable national asset to the country and its production must be sustained.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the Registrar/CEO of NIAS, Professor Eustace Iyayi said the nation must move away from the transhumance mode to the modern and more sustainable ranching method of cattle production.

The Institute commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the establishment of the National Livestock Transformation Plan.

NIAS also commended the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for the introduction of Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support (L-PRES) which is being supported by the World Bank.

“Among other solutions being proffered by the government, the Institute strongly advocates the establishment of ranches as a way of resolving the crisis.

“We must move away from the transhumance mode to the modern and more sustainable ranching method of cattle production”, Professor Iyayi said.

He said “all gazetted grazing reserves (Adamawa, 31; Bauchi 27; Borno 15; Gombe 4; Jigawa 2; Kaduna 2; Kebbi 1; Kogi 1; Kwara 1; Nasarawa 7; Niger 2; Plateau 1; Sokoto 8; Taraba 9; Yobe 17; Zamafara 6, FCT 4 and Oyo 2: 140).

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