Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture Dr Andrew Kwasari, has described the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) as a move to create millions of jobs and engender economic growth in Nigeria.
Kwasari made this known on Thursday while Flaging-Off Training on the implementation of the Pilots scheme under the NLTP held in Jalingo, said that the implementation of the plan would make room for various entrepreneurial providing opportunity for job creations of unimaginable proportion.
Kwasari, who is also the National Coordinator of the NLTP also said that the policy was a deliberate shift from the traditional method of livestock production to a modern one, and is streamlined such that states would implement it in line with their peculiarities.
He said that the policy, which selected seven states as pilots was a brain-child of the Federal Government to be driven by the National Economic Council (NEC) aimed at addressing the herders farmers conflicts which had destroyed the hitherto mutual coexistence between both communities, and urged the Taraba state steering committee to accommodate all stakeholders in the implementation.
According to him, the NLTP is to encourage adoption of modern animal husbandry which is more inclusive and acceptable by various communities.
In his address, Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba identified the traditional movement of animals from one place to another as a major cause of clashes between animal and crop farmers.
Ishaku, who was represented by his Deputy Alh. Haruna Manu, said that the adoption of the plan would improve livestock productivity by making it more profitable, decent and eradicate conflict between livestock farmers and crop farmers.
While disclosing that Taraba has over five million heads of cattle, 2.9 million sheep and 3.5 million goats, Ishaku said that the favourable climatic condition in the state and the vast grazing land has attracted livestock from different parts of the world to the state, and assured the Federal government that the state would do its best to ensure that all aspects in the policy we