Federal government has inaugurated a 22,000 hectres of land Model Ranching Hub Project, under the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), in Awe local government area of Nasarawa State.
Nasarawa State is one of the states in Nigeria selected by the federal government for the pilot of the NLTP to provide land for livestock farmers to practise their profession.
The Awe Model Ranching Hub Project, which was launched by the minister of agriculture and rural development, Sabo Muhammad Nanono, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, has a capacity of accommodating about 360 households, while about 96 pastoralists were said to be available to settle.
President Buhari, while inaugurating the project said the essence of the NLTP was to stem the tide of insecurity, not only in Nasarawa but across the country as 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have so far registered for implementation of the project.
“The NTPL will also improve on the value chain of animal husbandry as well as bettering the lives of the pastoralists. It will also be a game changer in the history of Nigeria which will confine livestock even in dry season.
The president then thanked Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State for accepting the NLTP in his state and donating the 22,000 hectares of land for the take-off of the NLTP pilot project scheme of the Model Ranching Hub Project.
Buhari however called on other states in the country yet to embrace the scheme to do so in order to curtail the prolonged herders/farmers clashes in the country as according to him, “seven states in the country have created their implementation team which is being trained by the NLTP, even as the states have earmarked about 400,000 hectares of land for the take-off of livestock transformation project.
Governor Abdullahi Sule, on his part, expressed optimism that with the advent of the ranching hub project in his state, the farmers/herders’ clashes being experienced on the border line of Nasarawa and Benue States will be solved.
The governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, said the 19 northern states in the country have thrown their weight behind the implementation of the NLTP and were ready to see to the take off of the project in their various states.