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Herdsmen-Farmers Clashes: FG Earmarks Over N1b To Compensate Farmers

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 12:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor,  Abuja


Following huge losses suffered as a result of incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in some states in the country, the Federal Government has announced that over N1billion has been earmarked as compensation to farmers who were affected in the recent clashes.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sonny Echono, who announced this in Abuja at the inauguration of a Committee on Strategic Action Plan for the Development of Grazing Reserves and Stock Routes Nationwide, said already that the Federal Government had paid N310million as compensation to farmers in Kano, Plateau and Bauchi over the last one week.

Echono explained that the compensation would be extended to other farmers affected in the crises, which resulted in the loss of lives, crops and farmlands.

As part of the concrete measures to restore lasting peace between farmers and herdsmen across the country, he revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Ministry to develop strategic action plan for the development of grazing reserves and stock routes nationwide to mitigate the recurring herdsmen/crop farmers’ conflicts.

While constituting a 19-member Committee to develop the action plan, the Permanent Secretary said that the high frequency of the conflicts, impact of climate change, ecological factors, population growth, increased cattle rustling, banditry, terrorism and insurgency across the country, have made successive administrations and the present administration in Nigeria to set up various committees to proffer appropriate solutions to these challenges.

He noted that the recent aggravated conflicts between farmers and herdsmen necessitated the promotion of commercial livestock production through the development of the nation’s grazing reserves and stock routes.

Echono opined that this necessitated Mr. President to direct the Ministry to consider the recommendations of the studies commissioned by the Petroleum Trust Fund [PTF] and the Northern Governors Forum on the same subject with a view to developing a pragmatic strategic action plan for the development of grazing reserves and stock routes nationwide.

According to him, the terms of reference of the Committee include; “identify and review all existing reports on grazing reserves and stock routes by government, private and international development partners including those by the defunct PTF, Northern Governors Forum and the National Economic Council.

“To develop strategic recommendations that will end the persistent farmers and herdsmen conflicts in the country”.