TACKLING PROBLEMS OF NOMADIC CATTLE GRAZING
NIGERIAN MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE CALLS FOR SUB-REGIONAL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS OF CATTLE MOVEMENT IN THE WEST AFRICAN SUB- REGION
Worried by the problems of cattle movement which had posed serious problems thereby resulting to violence between farmers and herdsmen and other attendant problems in the West African Sub- region particularly Nigeria, the Federal Government calls for a collective sub- regional solution to tackle the problems.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh made this call during his meeting with a delegation from the World Bank led by the Vice President Africa Region, Mr. Mukhtar Diop in his office on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
Chief Ogbeh called on the Ministers of Agriculture in the West Africa sub-region to work together to proffer solutions to myriad of problems facing agricultural production. He stressed that “We could have a beautiful future in Africa, if we organise ourselves very well”.
He stated, “Nobody had remembered to do anything for the cattle farmers who now resorted to self- help that often leads to violence. He added that cattle roaming usually deplete their nutrients thereby reducing the quality and quantity of milk and meat produced.
Chief Ogbeh expressed the urgent need for the World Bank to support the West Africa countries to solve the problem of cattle grazing, saying that “it is time for West Africa to stop cattle roaming so that the production of milk will rise while the Fulani herdsmen will live normal life”.
Earlier, the Vice President, African Region of the World Bank, Mr. Mukhtar Diop who led the delegation said the World Bank had developed and launched a Regional project which covers countries like Chad, Niger, Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso in Agriculture, adding that Chad has a grazing area that had been identified as a one- stop shop which have specific points of access to water, irrigation services, educational services and other services to support farmers.
From left; The Vice President Africa Region of the World Bank, Mr. Mukhtar Diop, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh and the Country Director for Nigeria, Mr. Rachid Benmoussad during a meeting between the World Bank team and the ministry in Abuja.