Co-operative society advocates ranching as solution to farmers clashes

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The Kagarko Unit Unity Farmers Co-operative Society (KUUFCS), has advocated ranching and new food processing technology as antidote to farmers/herders clashes in the country.

Its chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Sidi, stated this on Saturday during the 1st Nigeria Silage Summit 2020, held in Kagarko, Kaduna State.

Sidi explained that KUUFCS had since engaged over 200 herdsmen with over 2,700 cows, adding that the herdsmen were currently tendering their herds for breeding and awaiting training and development.

In his remark, National President, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Muhammed Kirowa, represented by the chairman of the Kaduna State chapter, Haruna Tugga, commended the foresight of the organisers which, he said, would boost peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders.

Kirowa assured of MACBAN’s support and cooperation towards the success of the project.

He appealed to the organisers to extend the project to other parts of the state for improved soci-economic growth of the state and the country.

Also speaking, the President, African investors in Diaspora Association, Dr. Philemon Gora, challenged the nation’s leaders to brace up and show more political will in tackling insecurity in the country.

Gora said that his association was focused on assisting and uplifting people in the face of economic challenge in the country.

He called on participants to take advantage of the opportunity given them to change their current economic situation, while urging them to embrace ranching as a way of improving the quality of their livestock and other dairies.

Earlier, Mr Philemon Kure, the Director, State Services, of KUUFCS, had said that the cooperative had engaged foreign partners in the provision of modern farming implements.

Kure added that upon its take off, the cooperative society had acquired over 4,000 acres of land in Kagarko, which is currently being occupied by operators.

He added that farmers and herders could build a symbiotic relationship that could translate wastes to wealth through value added chain, thereby boosting national food security.

The summit, which had the theme “New innovative Technology in silage-making towards profitable livestock enterprise,” was organised by the African investors in Diaspora Association in collaboration with the state chapter of MACBAN.