Miyetti Al­lah seeks min­istry of live­stock devt

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­lahi Anako, Dutse

Chair­man of Ji­gawa State branch of the Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Al­haji Ya’u Haruna, yes­ter­day said only the es­tab­lish­ment of a min­istry of live­stock de­vel­op­ment by the federal govern­ment will give herds­man and their an­i­mals the needed at­ten­tion.

Ad­dress­ing news­men in Dutse, Al­haji Ya’u said: “We have had the op­por­tu­nity of trav­el­ling to Niger Repub­lic and other African coun­tries to see how they are man­ag­ing herds­men and their live­stock. In Niger Repub­lic, we ob­served that they have a min­istry of agri­cul­ture and a min­istry of live­stock de­vel­op­ment.

They said be­fore the dis­cov­ery of oil, their ma­jor sources of for­eign ex­change were live­stock, skin and hide, bones and even cow huff. The min­istry takes care of the is­sues of graz­ing re­serves, live­stock vac­ci­na­tion, herders/farm­ers re­la­tions among oth­ers.

“We want the same thing in Nigeria, be­cause the min­istry of agri­cul­ture in try­ing, but a sep­a­rate min­istry of live­stock de­vel­op­ment will do bet­ter”.

He said the famers/herders clash is min­i­mal in Ji­gawa, be­cause of the proac­tive stand taken by govern­ment, adding that there are com­mit­tees made up of Miyetti-Al­lah, po­lice, tra­di­tional rulers and farm­ers in the 27 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas that meet reg­u­larly.

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