All governors agreed that open grazing no longer sustainable – Nigerian Governors

Governor Kayode Fayemi and Governor Aminu Tambuwal, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum respectively

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has stated that all governors have agreed that the nation must pursue modern ways of livestock because open grazing which leads to clashes between farmers and herdsmen is no longer sustainable.

The governor who spoke on Channels TV Sunday Politics however stated that the outright ban on open grazing without an alternative for herdsmen will not end the clash between farmers and herders in the country.

The governors, traditional rulers and leaders in the South-West had last week in a meeting unanimously agreed to ban open grazing in the region.

Also, governors in the South-East had declared a ban against open grazing in the South-East region. A position Biafra secessionist group, IPOB supports.

“All our governors agreed that we must pursue modern ways of livestock and open grazing and other practices that are sustainable. We must embrace our national livestock transformation plan which may include the use of ranching and other grazing areas that are protected.”

“We also acknowledged the fact that this will not happen in one fell swoop as it will not happen overnight. We need to have deliberate processes in ensuring that open grazing is phased out and modern livestock management practices are taken by states and we must support livestock farmers the way we support cassava and rice growing farmers through the anchor borrowers’ programme. We must support herders and those who want to engage in modern livestock programmes,” he said.

According to him, the delay in prosecuting erring herdsmen made many believe that the authorities were protecting them.

He further called for the adoption of state police to enable states police their area effectively.

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