Audu Ogbeh, The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has said that ranching remains the best solution to the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the country.
The Minister said this during his appearance on a special Channel Television Programme-The Core on Wednesday.
According to him, the idea of cutting out an area for grazing is not accepted by people because ranches were poorly managed.
He said “It’s very nice to say ranches won’t work, they won’t work because they were not well managed. It’s not enough to cut out an area and say it’s a grazing reserve- grow the grass.”
Reacting to those advocating for the creation of grazing routes, the minister mentioned that such recommendation would worsen the situation already on ground as it could cause more crisis.
He also mentioned that he had written to state governors to request lands for grazing.
The minister was disappointed at the response he got from several state governors as they rejected the idea of creating ranch in their various state saying they had no land for such purpose.
“Two years ago when I came into the Ministry, I wrote to all the state governors saying, ‘we face danger and this crisis can only get worse if we do nothing’.
“Can we have some lands in your state where we create large reserves of ranches to keep these cattle and give them the grass, the water, and the medication they need? Some replied positively, and some said no.
“We must ranch, there’s no other way out of this. We either ranch or banish cattle from Nigeria.”