Nigerian government to make Gombe grazing reserve model

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

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President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that the Nigerian Government has plans to make Gombe State a model for agricultural development by introducing a modern grazing reserve.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Muhammadu Sabo Nanono, represented the president. His response followed an appeal by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, who sought the support of the government to develop the Wawa-Zange Grazing reserve in theNational Livestock Transformation scheme. This, he said, is so as to curb the recurring clashes between farmers and herders in the state, which was reported in some parts of the state recently.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development also said the administration of President Buhari is committed to revamping the Agricultural sector. That is what gave rise to the move by the Nigerian government to engage institutions under the Ministry of Agriculture to conduct research for increased agricultural production.

He also said that the result of such research would be made available to the farmers and other sectors for  development of agriculture in the states.

Mr. Nanono said “The strategy and intensity of the present administration would enhance self sufficiency in food, increase production of agricultural raw materials, promote and create a platform for value chain and generate gainful employment,”.­

He called on the Federal College of Horticulture to look inward, in order to strengthen the internally generated revenue of the college and augment the allocation they receive so as to gradually reduce over-dependence on government allocations.