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Livestock Transformation Development Plan by budaatum: 4:19am On Jun 30, 2019
But first. You know what they say when life gives you lemons? This. The Livestock Transformation Development Plan, which you've all decided to derogatorily label Ruga, as in Fulani, is, life giving honey. The pity is so few see that. The joy is, some follow the money.


Livestock Transformation Development Plan — Cattle Ranching as the Best Alternative in Nigeria

Vantage PointNg Oct 24, 2018 · 6 min read

From time immemorial, agriculture has been the mainstay of Nigerian economy. Livestock farming is a component of agricultural practice and it is a lucrative business. The Fulanis are well known for rearing cattle in large numbers for consumption and commercial purposes. Owing to this, the Fulani cattle farmers move from one location to another in search of pasture for their cattle. This often constitute disruption to farming activities as most crops are used as pasture for the cattle in the course of the movement from place to place.

Against the erroneous impression that it just started, the Fulani herdsmen/farmers conflict has been ongoing spanning decades. Attacks after attack has left thousands dead with a whole lot of economic loss. This has led to low beef production and has affected the entire agricultural value chain. In a report presented by the technical adviser to the National Economic Council (NEC), Andrew Kwasari in June 2018, he pointed out that Nigeria loses N5.04 trillion annually to the herdsmen/farmers conflict in addition to loss of lives, schools, homes, and infrastructure.

A holistic solution which will deal with the problem of encroachment into farmlands and an inclusive plan which will integrate both farmers and herdsmen into modern way of farming and grazing needs to be sought to find a lasting solution to the incessant crisis. The Federal Government is working on a 10 year mediation plan, stemming from recommendations from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the private sector, as well as from the National Economic Council (NEC) being chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Livestock Transformation Development Plan being designed by a sub-committee of NEC is built on six key pillars which cater to economic investment, conflict resolution, law and order, humanitarian relief, information/education and strategic communication, and other cross-cutting issues. For its pilot phase, Adamawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, Nassarawa, Oyo, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara states will receive interventions in the form of ranches.

In the ranch design plan, there are six pillars that are essential to the success and viability of the ranches: land allocation, ranch size models, feeds and priority breed improvement, access to finance and market, and humanitarian efforts. The plan will create a synergy between Federal and State Governments, as well as the private sector. The funding of the plan from the Federal Government and State governments is expected to last for the first three years in the pilot phase for a total of N70 billion while private sector interests and investment between the third and tenth year is expected to be in excess of N100 billion.

The Land Use Act of 1978 confers the power of land allocation for any purpose to the State and Local Governments. It is within their jurisdiction to allocate land for whatever reason to individuals, associations and even the Federal Government. The act vests all land in the urban areas under the power of the State Government with the land in the rural areas solely the responsibility of the Local Government. The cattle herders are expected to be registered and recognized as cooperatives for the purpose of the proposed ranching scheme. These cooperatives will then be able to enter rental agreements for land use with State Governments and also benefit from on several other terms including loans, grants, and subsidies.
The livestock transformation plan entails each state providing these cattle owners with parcels of land to breed their livestock and produce meat and dairy products. These parcels of land would be turned into ranches for the cattle owners where livestock farming in all its aspects will be carried out and well utilized to the benefit of all the parties involved. The proposed ranch size models, according to the plan, is a cluster of 30, 60, 150 and 300 cows ranch models in a location within the donated reserves, as well as a minimum of 1000 cows breeder ranch in 7 of the 10 Pilot States. A ranch design plan has been proposed in models of various sizes clustered in 94 locations in the 10 States. With each State having a ranch, this would increase the Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State Governments as the funds generated from the ranches would also go into the development of these States.

The idea of ranching is not new as this has been in practice in developed countries like Britain, Argentina, India and USA. These ranches help the farmers maximize the produce from their cattle with the byproducts being marketed and sold to generate revenue and funds for the upkeep of the ranch and to add to the GDP of the nation. The ranches are not gifts or compensation to the cattle farmers but a project that looks into improving and developing livestock farming, taking it past the mediocre way it is being practiced.

The livestock market is huge in Nigeria as the country boasts of a vast majority of meat consuming populace. It is however expedient that a solution is found that would ensure the continuity of this market to cater to the need of the teeming populace. Once these ranches are built and operational, it would ensure that there is availability of adequate and healthy meat in the Nigerian market. As the cost of long distance transportation would be bypassed, the price of meat in the market will become affordable. The ranches would be out fitted with basic amenities that would serve the ranchers like water, adequate pasture, electricity, health (for cattle and farmers) and the access to education.

The ranches would be well equipped to serve a larger purpose than for rearing cattle as it would serve as a community for the cattle owners. On the ranches would be equipment and machinery that would help in meat and dairy production. The diary aspect has not been explored to the fullest in Nigeria as most of the milk and cheese marketed and sold are not locally made but imported into the market. Reason being the average milk yield per cow in Europe is between 40–50 liters per day as compared to the paltry 1–2 liters yield of the Nigerian cow due to poor feeding, poor health and stress on the grazing trails. In a ranching system, a cattle would be able to produce up to 5litres of milk in a day.

The profit in the industry is derived mainly from the dairy products which by some estimates could be in excess of 15,000 USD per milking cow per year. In Nigeria cattle is reared mainly for the beef and minimally for the milk, which takes away the bulk of the profit in the business. Milk production would be concentrated on to contribute substantially to the national economy and at the same time stop the perennial conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in the country.

The ranches would not only focus on the rudiment of ranching and livestock farming, it would also have schools for formal education for herder’s children. These cattle owners does not have formal education, they are mostly literate. The schools on the ranches would offer basic education to the ranchers and their children. Teachers would be deployed to teach the children on subject taught according to the UBE syllabus to improve their literacy and numeracy skills. This would help to familiarize them with reading materials on farming and ranch management which ultimately improves and increases their technical know-how for a better yield.

This solution will improve genetic material of indigenous cattle; provide critical market access infrastructure; and create better linkages between smallholder livestock producers and investors for agricultural technology adoption and support for value addition. Running the ranches might be cost effective as regards building and operation but is an investment towards ensuring the safety and security of both livestock farmers and crop farmers. It would also create more jobs for doctors, builders and marketers which would go a long way in reducing the unemployment rate in the country as qualified Nigerians would be employed. It is time to embrace ranching as the best alternative to marauding cattle rearing in the country and as a lasting solution to the long existing conflict.

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by Odetokun3(m): 4:21am On Jun 30, 2019
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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by weyreypey: 4:25am On Jun 30, 2019
Go and create the ruga in the north. Na where you bath you go find your clothes.

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by shikshark: 4:26am On Jun 30, 2019
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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by stonemasonn: 4:27am On Jun 30, 2019
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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by Blue3k(m): 4:40am On Jun 30, 2019
These cooperatives will then be able to enter rental agreements for land use with State Governments and also benefit from on several other terms including loans, grants, and subsidies.

How much do end user pay for services. Why is that part not mentioned anytime the discussion starts. Its pure crony capitalism. Nobody wants annother program tax payers will overwhelmingly subsize. The United States charges fees and leases for grazers. What does Nigeria get?

Will Nigeria also lift ban on beef and pork imports? That's a benefit to people and will lower food prices.

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by aolawale025: 4:40am On Jun 30, 2019
Seems they have unleashed propagandistic write ups to twist the agenda.

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by budaatum: 4:44am On Jun 30, 2019
Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by lexy2014: 4:58am On Jun 30, 2019
Do Fulani herdsmen not have states of origin? Y can't d programme start in their states of origin? Is it by force to start in other people's states?

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by helinues: 5:05am On Jun 30, 2019
@ op you dey mind them

They already made up their minds not to see anything good in Apc government

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by blackpanda: 5:11am On Jun 30, 2019
weyreypey:
Go and create the ruga in the north. Na where you bath you go find your clothes.


Ok. But don't come crying tomorrow that fg is only spending money for the north. This is u rejecting food placed at ur doorstep

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by blackpanda: 5:12am On Jun 30, 2019
lexy2014:
Do Fulani herdsmen not have states of origin? Y can't d programme start in their states of origin? Is it by force to start in other people's states?
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No its not. But when the project becomes successful, u will bite ur tongue and beg

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by weyreypey: 5:13am On Jun 30, 2019
blackpanda:



Ok. But don't come crying tomorrow that fg is only spending money for the north. This is u rejecting food placed at ur doorstep
Go with it! As for the money we meet in court!!

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by blackpanda: 5:20am On Jun 30, 2019
weyreypey:

Go with it! As for the money we meet in court!!

Lol. U watch too many movies. U and whom is meeting who in court
Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by lexy2014: 5:21am On Jun 30, 2019
blackpanda:
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No its not. But when the project becomes successful, u will bite ur tongue and beg

U didn't answer d question. If its going 2b so successful as u say, y does d FG not want to start d programme in d states of origin of d Fulani herdsmen? Or do these Fulani herdsmen not have states of origin?

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by blackpanda: 5:24am On Jun 30, 2019
lexy2014:


U didn't answer d question. If its going 2b so successful as u say, y does d FG not want to start d programme in d states of origin of d Fulani herdsmen? Or do these Fulani herdsmen not have states of origin?

Try to listen to news and get the right information before u blab. The 11 states the project is kicking off are all in the north. So abandon ur unnecessary bias and hate

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by lexy2014: 5:35am On Jun 30, 2019
blackpanda:


Try to listen to news and get the right information before u blab. The 11 states the project is kicking off are all in the north. So abandon ur unnecessary bias and hate

Are taraba, kogi, nasarrawa& plateau states Fulani states? Have u checked d meaning of hate& bias recently in d dictionary? Pls do that& let me no how its relevant 2d issue on ground

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by blackpanda: 5:42am On Jun 30, 2019
lexy2014:


Are taraba, kogi, nasarrawa& plateau states Fulani states? Have u checked d meaning of hate& bias recently in d dictionary? Pls do that& let me no how its relevant 2d issue on ground

Smh. I can't argue with an ignorant fellow. Its like talking to a blank slate

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by lexy2014: 5:52am On Jun 30, 2019
blackpanda:


Smh. I can't argue with an ignorant fellow. Its like talking to a blank slate

Oga I didn't say am a professor& I didn't tell u that I want 2 argue. I only asked u 2 check d meanings of d words hate& bias in d dictionary and let me no how they are relevant in this discussion as used by u. Since u said am ignorant, that means u are a professor, full of knowledge. Y should u now b scared to share ur thoughts on d words hate & bias? Or does professor not have a dictionary at home? Check online if u don't have hardcopy

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by Efewestern: 6:16am On Jun 30, 2019
Over the years the Fulanis have attracted hate and distrust towards their ethnicity, normally issue such as this wouldn't have been a difficult one to accept, but looking at history and how these people have committed so many heinous crimes, it will be suicidal to allow any Fulani settlement in your state or region.

There are ways things such as these are being done in developed countries, cattle rearing is a private business and as such the owners of such cattle should buy some piece of land and set up a ranch, that's the best way to go.

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by Esseite: 6:20am On Jun 30, 2019
blackpanda:
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No its not. But when the project becomes successful, u will bite ur tongue and beg

Other Tribes can breed cows on their own if they so hunger for beef. majority have seen the mayhem of the fulani herders and the docile attitude of the govt towards them. It's obvious the settlements would be segregated to 95% fulani territories and eventually turned villages.

The settlements of the military era, are they still called settlements?

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by blackpanda: 6:30am On Jun 30, 2019
Esseite:


Other Tribes can breed cows on their own if they so hunger for beef. majority have seen the mayhem of the fulani herders and the docile attitude of the govt towards them. It's obvious the settlements would be segregated to 95% fulani territories and eventually turned villages.

The settlements of the military era, are they still called settlements?

Another heap of baseless lies born out of bias. But like fg said, its not by force. At least u guys opposing won't ave d mouth to cry tomorrow. Don't expect govt to employ ur youths to work in d ranches o. Keep ur land and purchase ur meat from Israel!
Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by lastmessenger: 6:32am On Jun 30, 2019
You want to give my land to a know enemy for free. Fulanis are enemies of the real Nigerians and it will be deadly to allow them live close and settle close to normal people.
These guys are beast in human form and all of them are beasts. There is no written propaganda that should make any sensible governor to accept this into this his state.
These Fulani's are not Nigerians in the first place and I wonder why we are planning to settle them in Nigeria with free land. They should buy land like any other person,set a ranch,source for fees and feed their cows.

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by lastmessenger: 6:36am On Jun 30, 2019
blackpanda:


Another heap of baseless lies born out of bias. But like fg said, its not by force. At least u guys opposing won't ave d mouth to cry tomorrow. Don't expect govt to employ ur youths to work in d ranches o. Keep ur land and purchase ur meat from Israel!
Stop all these trash you are spewing here. The Fulani's are not good people and as a matter of fact they are beastly in nature. Allowing them live close to you is a big mistake anybody can make.
President Buhari can give them land in sambisa and no one will blink an eye

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by Adedaniel211(m): 6:39am On Jun 30, 2019
hmmm
Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by blackpanda: 6:40am On Jun 30, 2019
lastmessenger:
Stop all these trash you are spewing here. The Fulani's are not good people and as a matter of fact they beastly in nature. Allowing them live close to you is a big mistake anybody can make.
President Buhari can give them land in sambisa and no one will blink an eye

Aren't u just a bundle of hate and all this wrong with this country
Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by Oshigun: 6:41am On Jun 30, 2019
helinues:
@ op you dey mind them

They already made up their minds not to see anything good in Apc government

Indeed. Did herdsmen problem start today or has it existed for decades? Nigerians need to start eschewing hate and partisan outlook to note what matters. If this effort can bring a permanent solution to clashes between herdsmen and farmers/members of community, then why can we not look at it positively if we are progressive people genuinely desirous of a great Nigeria driven by innovative and permanent solutions to problems that has bedevilled us for many decades?

When some people want to claim ownership of Lagos, Abuja and virtually every State of Nigeria they will argue they are Nigerians with a right to live/work anywhere. With legal agreements in place, why can Fulani herdsmen not breed their Cattle anywhere in Nigeria and why the double standard from some who want to enjoy freedom of movement and trading in all States of Nigeria but see nothing wrong in denying Fulanis of same when they too are traders with the difference only been the commodity traded i.e Cattle in this case.
Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by excellence44(m): 6:45am On Jun 30, 2019
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Another heap of baseless lies born out of bias. But like fg said, its not by force. At least u guys opposing won't ave d mouth to cry tomorrow. Don't expect govt to employ ur youths to work in d ranches o. Keep ur land and purchase ur meat from Israel!

If only your evil Northern CABAL can allow this by now we wouldn't be talking of heardsmen but fulani professional in a prosperous nation
Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by lastmessenger: 6:46am On Jun 30, 2019
blackpanda:


Aren't u just a bundle of hate and all this wrong with this country
yes I am full of hate for those of you who kill women and rape woman and kill pregnant women in a gruesome manner. Yes I am full of hate.
You all lack IQ. You made enemy of yourself to all sensible Nigerians and now you want them to accept you.

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Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by Oshigun: 6:47am On Jun 30, 2019
lastmessenger:
You want to give my land to a know enemy for free. Fulanis are enemies of the real Nigerians and it will be deadly to allow them live close and settle close to normal people.
These guys are beast in human form and all of them are beasts. There is no written propaganda that should make any sensible governor to accept this into this his state.
[b]These Fulani's are not Nigerians in the first place [/b]and I wonder why we are playing to settle them in Nigeria with free land. They should buy land like any other person,set a ranch,source for fees and feed their cows.


They are not Nigerian ba? What empirically factual argument do you have to back this? Our Fulani President is not Nigerian yet he is leading us? Guy, talk better. You just sound like an extremist who is very hateful, bitter and prejudiced against Fulanis.
Re: Livestock Transformation Development Plan by lastmessenger: 6:49am On Jun 30, 2019
Oshigun:



They are not Nigerian ba? What empirically factual argument do you have to back this? Our Fulani President is not Nigerian yet he is leading us? Guy, talk better. You just sound like an extremist who is very hateful, bitter and prejudiced against Fulanis.
if they are Nigerians then they should have land to settle in their states of Origin.

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