Ranches in­tended to boost agri­cul­ture in Plateau — La­long

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mo­hammed Soshanya, Lagos

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.

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