FG Repackage RUGA, begins Camp in six states.

Written by on July 24, 2021

Two years after the suspension of the controversial Rural Grazing Area scheme in July 2019, the Federal Government has introduced a replacement scheme called the Livestock Intervention Programme (LIP) to address the lingering farmer-herder crisis across the country.

This comes amid the Federal Government’s intensified efforts to revive colonial-era grazing routes in many states across the country as per the directive by the President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to documents from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development sighted by newsmen, the scheme will see the Federal Government establishing eight large herders’ settlements in each of the six pilot states, namely Adamawa, Kwara, Niger, Bauchi, Kaduna and Gombe.

The documents as well as interviews with some officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development showed that the LIP is already being implemented in the six pilot states.

The officials confirmed that the six states accepted the establishment of the large herders’ settlements and had already provided land for the purpose.

According to the Acting Director Animal Husbandry Department, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Winnie Lai-Solarin, the six pilot states for the LIP are in the North because the region has large settlements and land to grow pasture.

Lai-Solarin added that the ministry had been carrying out diverse other interventions to mitigate the clashes between herders and farmers nationwide.

Credit: Punch


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