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It is not only Nigeria that is facing the herdsmen challenge- Ogbeh

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, Friday stated that herdsmen challenge the country was currently experiencing was not only a Nigerian issue, noting that countries like Ghana,Togo and Benin Republic were also grappling with the issue.

He stated this during a media briefing on the government’s planned conference to be held next week to discuss the recurring clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

Ogbeh said the conference would provide the opportunity for the Food and Agricultural Organisation to meet with both the federal and state governments to strategize on how the crisis could be resolved.

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He revealed that major areas of focus during the conference would include said the conference would include, access to land and land tenure security; infrastructure; inputs and management strategies.

Others are, access to finance and markets for farmers, as well as market for livestocks and livestock products.

Ogbeh said, “We understand very well that the issue of pastoralist/farmers clash go beyond Nigeria issue. Other nation’s like Ghana,Togo,Benin also suffer from similar issue.

“We are not just solving a national issue,we are solving a regional and global issue. Whatever solution we get here, we would also link up with our neighbours in West and Central Africa to ensure a lasting solution”.

 

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