The umbrella body of Fulani cattle herders in the country, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has said herders in the country must be ready to adopt mordern ways of rearing their cattle.
The National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Othman, who stated this during a Stakeholders Dialogue organised by the National Orientation Agency, NOA, on Tuesday, also insisted that herders and farmers are “victims of politicised narratives of conflicts between partners whose relationship is symbiotic”.
Speaking on behalf of the herders association, Othman, also said they were ready to accept any government policy aimed at ameliorating their suffering.
“As an occupational association, we welcome any effort by the government to help our members who face multiple challenges in their daily activities.
“We will welcome it under whatever name. Call it Ruga or Livestock Transformation.
“Our association has been in existence for nearly 40 years with branches in the 36 states. We are at the forefront of engaging various governments to see how we can modernise livestock production. The potential of livestock production is enormous in addition to providing millions of jobs to Nigerians.
“With the Nigerian population expected to reach 250 million by 2030, we must modernise our method of livestock production to improve job opportunities and food security. In the sense of urbanisation, we cannot continue to do things the old way.
“We must also accept that farmers and pastoralists share common fate. Both are trapped by poverty, they are victims of state neglect, they live on the fringes of society where social amenities are obsolete.
“They both have fair sense of injuries, death, displacement and loss of livelihoods. They are also victims of politicised narratives of conflicts between partners whose relationship is symbiotic.”
- 54 checkpoints! How policing Lagos-Abuja roads inflicts pains on motorists - October 14, 2020
- INVESTIGATION… COVID-19: How Nigeria aids spread through mishandling of laboratory tests - August 19, 2020
- ICYMI: SPECIAL REPORT: Unforgettable timelines in the battle to sack EFCC boss, Magu - July 7, 2020