The Federal Government inaugurated a 22,000-hectare Model Livestock Platform Project, as part of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), in the Awe Local Government Area, Nasarawa State .
Nasarawa State is one of the states in Nigeria selected by the federal government to pilot the NLTP to provide land for pastoralists to practice their profession.
The Awe Model Ranching Hub project, which was initiated by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Muhammad Nanono, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, has a housing capacity of around 360 households, while approximately 96 breeders would be available to settle.
President Buhari, at the launch of the project, said that the essence of the NLTP was to stem the tide of insecurity, not only in Nasarawa but across the country, as 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have so far registered for the implementation of the project.
“NTPL will also improve the livestock value chain as well as the lives of pastoralists. It will also be a game-changer in the history of Nigeria which will confine livestock even in the dry season.
The President then thanked Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State for accepting the NLTP in his state and for donating the 22,000 hectares of land for the start of the Model Ranching Hub Project’s NLTP pilot.
Buhari, however, called on other states in the country to adopt the program to do so in order to reduce the protracted clashes between pastoralists and farmers in the country, because according to him, “seven states in the country have created their implementation team which is in training courses. by the NLTP, even as the states have reserved about 400,000 hectares of land for the take-off of the livestock processing project.
Governor Abdullahi Sule, for his part, expressed his optimism that with the advent of the breeding center project in his state, the clashes between farmers and herders experienced on the border of Nasarawa and Benue states. will be resolved.
Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong said the 19 northern states of the country have supported the implementation of the NLTP and are ready to see the project start in their various states.