Tinubu Creates Ministry of Livestock Development to Address Herder-Farmer Conflicts

President Bola Tinubu has taken a significant step toward resolving the longstanding conflicts between farmers and herders by announcing the creation of the Ministry of Livestock Development. The inauguration took place at the State House in Abuja, where Tinubu also launched the Renewed Hope Livestock Reform Implementation Committee.

The committee’s primary mandate is to provide sector-focused solutions to the age-old crisis between farmers and nomadic cattle herders. This move comes after the National Livestock Reforms Committee recommended the establishment of a dedicated ministry to address the challenges faced by the livestock industry.

The committee’s report emphasized conflict mitigation, resource management, and the need to enhance productivity within the sector.Former Kano State Governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Ganduje, highlighted the complexity of the challenge. He emphasized that the government’s approach must consider different types of herders, including those who settle at home, nomadic herdsmen, and those from neighboring West African countries.

The low productivity of the livestock industry has made Nigeria import-dependent, affecting livelihoods and peaceful coexistence.The committee’s recommendations also include exploring funding sources from international organizations, the private sector, and the government.

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