The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has assured herders that the Ruga settlement system would soon commence in selected areas.
Chief Ogbeh told the herdsmen that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the Ruga settlement programme for herders in the country to help bring an end to farmers/herders clashes in the country.
The Minister disclosed this at the 2019 National Animal Production Research Institute (NAPRI) and commissioning projects at the institute in Shika Zaria, Kaduna State.
He said the settlement will provide social amenities such as schools, security and Milk Palour for the herders.
“Just 10 Days ago President Muhammadu Buhari approved a programme called the Ruga settlement, we are going to build settlement for you, where you will live, grow your cattle, produce more milk, the milk will be bought by Milking palour and you’re your wives don’t have to move around with milk anymore this because we don’t want any more conflict between you and the farmers”
He further added “the fact that you keep cattle doesn’t mean you have to be poor or suffer, your children don’t have to be in the bush, suffering from snake bites, scorpions, typhoid, cholera and attacks from rustlers, in Tarzania the Massai don’t rum anymore they are settled and they are rich, it time for you to be rich also”
Chief Ogbeh said when all this is done the herders will have no reason to rum into farms and the farmers too won’t have to worry for their farms.
He noted that cattle business is a huge business as Lagos state alone consumes nearly 70,000 cattle a day.
The Minister added that the budget and the memo for the Ruga settlement programme has gone through the Federal Executive council and will soon commence.