03 March 2021 by Josiah Buzun
Plateau State Government is to domesticate the National Livestock Transformation Programme by approving a bill, which when passed into law, will promote livestock business anchored on ranching.
Briefing journalists after the Eecutive Council Meeting in Jos, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication Dan Manjang said the bill is to facilitate smooth transition from open grazing to ranching.
Manjang said the State had been working assiduously to put in place all necessary requirements for the take off of the model ranching programme at the Wase and Kanam Reserves owned by the State Government.
He assured that once the programme takes off people would no longer be allowed to move around with livestock in the State, noting that local and international investors had shown interest in investing in the pilot phase of the program.
Secretary of the State Livestock Implementation Committee, Proffessor John Wade said the programme had zero land grabbing as nobody’s land would be appropriated for ranching.
He said the State is going into ranching strictly as a business, hence the directive by the Governor for robust sensitization to enable more citizens key into modern livestock business.
Professor Wade said the notion that an ethnic group has monopoly of the business is incorrect as the ranching policy would also accommodate other species of livestock aside from cows for diversification of the agriculture sector.
Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Chrysanthus Ahmadu explained that the proposed law takes care of herders, farmers and other interests in the livestock value chain, as it would also go a long way in ending destruction of farmlands by livestock, clashes between farmers and herders and unnecessary violence that is rooted in the unsavoury relationship between them.