States in the Northcentral region of Nigeria have resolved to promote the ranching of cattle and assist genuine livestock farmers to adopt the practice, among other measures, to reduce insecurity and other agricultural practice problems in the zone.
The Northcentral Governors Forum reached the decision on Monday after a meeting held at the Benue People’s House, Makurdi, and chaired by Governor of Niger State and Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, Abubakar Sani Bello.
The meeting was attended by the Governors of Kogi, Niger, Benue and Kwara states. Governors of Nasarawa and Plateau states, on the other hand, were represented by their Deputy Governors.
During the meeting, the Governors deliberated on issues bordering on livestock, agriculture and general security of lives and property within the region.
As contained in a communique read at the end of the meeting, the Governors requested the services of the Agro-Rangers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to provide security to farmers.
According to Bello, agricultural productivity levels in the country have been on a decline; hence the need for proactive steps to address the challenges.
One of the steps, as outlined in the communique, was for the states within the region to leverage the opportunities presented by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to encourage farming and all activities within the sector.
“Member states should develop fishery production programmes and approach the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for funding to create employment and to also take advantage of the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to encourage farming activities,” the communique read.
Other resolutions reached were to fashion modern ways to promote animal husbandry by keying into the Federal Government Livestock Transformation Plan.
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