The federal government has has inaugurated the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) at the Gongoshi Grazing Reserve in Mayo-Belwa Local Government Area of Adamawa.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
During the inauguration of the project, stated that the plan was designed to run from 2019-2028 as part of the Federal Government’s initiative in collaboration with States under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC).
Prof. Osibanjo said the plan, targeted at supporting the development of Nigeria’s livestock sector, is to be implemented in seven pilot states of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara and would be implemented as a partnership project between the Federal and State governments, farmers, pastoralists and private investors.
According to the Vice President, this solves the problem of cattle grazing into and destroying farmlands and ensures a practical response to the pressures on water and pasture by forces of climate change.
He noted that the plan was designed to provide modern meat and dairy industry and in some cases integrated crop farming.
While talking about the uniqueness of the plan, the Vice President noted that any participating state would determine its own model.
“In this plan, the State Government or private investors provide the land, the federal government does not and will not take any land from a State or local government. This solves the problem of cattle grazing into and destroying farmlands. It ensures a practical response to the pressures on water and pasture by forces of climate change,” Osinbajo said.
He emphasized that the National Livestock Transformation Plan had nothing to do with RUGA.
“I wish to emphasize that this is not RUGA. Because the idea of RUGA settlements launched by the Ministry of Agriculture created a problem when it was perceived as a plan to seize lands to create settlements for herders.
“RUGA was not the plan designed and approved by the governors and the President rightly suspended the implementation,” Osinbajo said.
Prof. Osibanjo said that the NLTP was endorsed by all governors and could only be implemented with the full participation and consent of the governors and the people of the state.
The Vice President also said that no state could be forced to participate, adding that Adamawa had chosen to begin the implementation of the plan.