Ranches intended to boost agriculture in Plateau — Lalong
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has said his administration will introduce ranches as a means of growing livestock in his state.
Lalong, who spoke with newsmen at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, said his administration was focusing on the development of agriculture in the state and was set to provide incentives to farmers.
“What is on in Plateau is the policy on ranches, which is quite different from grazing. Although all of them have been there a long time ago; grazing has been there and ranches have been there, owned by individuals and organisations, but the security problem we have across the nation and the need to diversify into agriculture make it necessary for the production of livestock in large quantities.
“So you cannot leave that to only traditional grazing. That is why we introduced this policy of having ranches. The ranches are everybody’s business for growing livestock and not restricted to any ethnic group,” he said.