The Nigerian Government is set to partner with Gombe State on the establishment of modern grazing reserves aimed at harnessing the livestock potential in the state. Mr. Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, gave the formation when he paid a courtesy call on Gov. Inuwa Yahaya in Gombe.
Nanono said that he was in the state to assess the resources in state for the establishment of modern grazing reserves and the resuscitation of existing ones.
According to him, Gombe State has huge livestock potential that can be harnessed to create jobs in the livestock value chain and improve the wellbeing of the people of the state.
The minister said harnessing the business potential in livestock is one way to boost the nation’s economy.
He also said livestock contributes about 17 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
“Many people have not realised that this national asset not only needs protection but harnessing to be made a proper business.
“I am choosing Gombe because the governor has expressed willingness to support the initiative.
“The government will make Gombe a model for livestock,’’ the minister said.
He added that the Nigerian government would do everything possible to create the atmosphere and enabling condition for the establishment of modern grazing reserves with all the facilities needed.
Nanono also said that there were huge investments in the agricultural sector coming into the country very soon which would impact on the economy of any state that would embrace agriculture.