The Federal Government Should Promote Ranching and Not Cattle Colonies – Ekweremadu - eritvnews

The Federal Government Should Promote Ranching and Not Cattle Colonies – Ekweremadu


Senator Ike Ekweremadu has made it clear that President Muhamadu Buhari was wrong with his Fulani open grazing bill and cattle colony. Pointing out that ranching is the way to go, rather than open grazing. 

Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has advised that herdsmen/farmers’ clashes must be stopped. He noted that open grazing is archaic, anachronistic and out of tune with modern society.

Senator Ike Ekweremadu Ekweremadu made these known at the House of Commons, Parliament of the United Kingdom, UK, where he delivered a lecture, entitled, “African Politics: The Dynamics and Lessons.”

He said: “Importantly, I believe that ranching is the way to go, rather than open grazing. However, it is for the Federal Government to provide the policy direction, while states take up the challenge because the issue of cattle rearing is a state matter as all lands are vested in the respective states under the Land Use Act in Nigeria.

“The states need to come up with legislation to end open grazing. It is not for them to set up ranches since it is people’s private business. The states should instead come up with agricultural credit schemes that will encourage and support the farmers to set up their ranches.”

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