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Farmers, herders meet in Abuja over conflict

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By Abraham Adekunle

Professionals in the agribusiness look for solutions to the age-long issues.

The age-long farmer-herder clash in several northern regions of Nigeria is one issue that has not only been persistent but also taken a lot of lives. The herder is a mobile persona. He walks his cattle from place to place in search of grass, and in his wake leaves grazed land and destroyed crops. Since cattle have to constantly be on the move to graze properly and herders do not have particular lands of their own, they have been reported to have encroached on people’s lands.

This is one of the fundamental factors that births this clash. With a view to solving this problem, crop farmers, professionals in livestock production and other stakeholders in agribusiness gather in Abuja to discuss how to put an end to the conflicts between sedentary farmers and nomadic cattle herders. Previous efforts to find solutions to these recurrent clashes have been met with huge political resistance. In some cases, farmers have been reported to have mobilized each other and launched reprisals on the herders. And then, an endless cycle of attacks and reprisals is created.

Farmer-herder clashes threatens food security in Nigeria.

Most of the affected states in Nigeria are in the North-Central geopolitical zone in Nigeria. They are commonly known as the Middle Belt. Most of them are food-producing states. For instance, Benue State, in which a significant proportion of the attacks were carried out, has its slogan as “Food basket of the nation.” This is not just in slogan; Benue State produces varieties of raw foods, such as yam, pepper, cassava, palm nuts, groundnuts, sweet potatoes, vegetables, and even rice.

Unfortunately, the clashes between the farmers and the herders, have been blown out of proportion, has aggravated the state of insecurity in the region. The farmers lose most of their crops to grazing without being compensated. What this has created over time is food insecurity because farmers are not free to grow their crops to maturity before they are destroyed by cattle. At some point when herders were known to wield AK-47 rifles, the farmers had no choice but to let their cattle graze. Those who resisted were massacred.

The populace has also criticized the RUGA policy.

In an attempt to solve the problem, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari tried to implement the RUGA policy. The RUGA policy (which literally means “human settlement policy”) is a Federal Government policy, which was introduced by the Buhari Presidency and was aimed at resolving the conflict between nomadic Fulani herdsmen and sedentary farmers. The policy aimed to create reserved communities where herders will live, grow and tend their cattle, produce milk, and undertake other activities associated with the cattle business without having to move around in search of grazing land for their cattle.

However, the policy is currently suspended. Southerners believed that the policy was designed to benefit the Fulanis. Many southerners and religious bodies resisted against the policy. Of course, the government is trying to implement it as well as most northerners who have borne the brunt of the unending conflicts. While some states in the Middle Belt have joined the North to support RUGA, Benue State aligned with southerners on the issue, having had a lot of violence between herdsmen and farmers.

FG committee to try some other means to resolve the issue.

This time around, the Federal Government Committee established through the Kano State Government will be revisiting the government’s initiatives such as the livestock resettlement project, a World Bank project for Nigeria. The development objective of the Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project for Nigeria is to improve livestock productivity, resilience and commercialization of selected value chains and to strengthen the country’s capacity to respond to an eligible crisis or emergency. Hopefully, with renewed efforts, Nigeria can move past the farmer-herder clash.


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9 months ago

Farmers, herders meet in Abuja over conflictProfessionals in the agribusiness look for solutions to the age-long issues. – Express your point of view.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
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9 months ago

The clash between herder and the farming need serious intervention by the stakeholders across board because the clash has really cause lots of harvoc to the country in term of development in every aspect.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
9 months ago

Conflict between herdermen and farmer as been a long issue solution should be made so both parties can stop conflict and manage their area well

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
9 months ago

One problem that has not only persisted over time but also resulted in the loss of many lives is the conflict between herders and farmers that has been going on in numerous northern regions of Nigeria.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
9 months ago

Herders have been accused of trespassing on the properties of other people since cattle require frequent movement in order to graze correctly, and herders do not have specific lands of their own on which to graze their animals.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
9 months ago

Previous attempts to find solutions to these ongoing conflicts have been greeted with a significant amount of political hostility.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
9 months ago

With the goal of finding a solution, agribusiness professionals, livestock experts, and crop farmers converge on Abuja to talk about how to stop the violence between settled farmers and nomads who raise cattle.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
9 months ago

Because of this, over time, there has been an increase in food insecurity because farmers are unable to freely cultivate their crops to full maturity before they are consumed by cattle.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
9 months ago

The goal of the strategy was to establish protected neighborhoods where herders could raise and care for their cattle, milk their cows, and run their other livestock-related businesses without having to constantly relocate.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
9 months ago

Since there has been a lot of violence between herdsmen and farmers in Benue State, the state has decided to side with those from the south on this matter.

Christiana
Christiana
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9 months ago

The people in the south believed that the policy had been crafted with the Fulanis’ interests in mind, and as a result, many people in the south and religious organizations fought against the policy.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
9 months ago

The majority of northerners, who have bore the brunt of the never-ending hostilities, along with the administration, are working towards its implementation.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
9 months ago

Nigeria’s Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project aims to boost the country’s preparedness for emergencies by increasing livestock production, resilience, and the commercialization of chosen value chains.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
9 months ago

Farmers, herders meet in Abuja over conflict. The conflict between herdermen and farmer is cause by herders because the are entering into people farm. After suffering to farm, one useless herders will carry cattle into the farm to eat the crop, why will government allow this nonsense.
God will punish them and the people supporting them. They have Kill many villagers both children and pregnant women. Useless fools

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
9 months ago

The long-standing problem of tension between herders and farmers needs to be resolved for the sake of peaceful coexistence and effective resource management in the region.

Abusi
Abusi
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9 months ago

There should be a way to being lasting peace between the farmers and the herders. They should solve their grievances amicably. It will help the agricultural sector.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
9 months ago

It is good the policy aimed at creating a reserved community where herders will live, grow and tend their cattle, produce milk, and undertake other activities associated with the cattle business without having to move around in search of grazing land for their cattle. They Dan’t continue to kill our people the way they kill cow.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
Member
9 months ago

Let us not deceive ourselves. It is only in Nigeria that cattle are meant to be moving around for grazing purpose. What happened to ranching, why are we so backward in this country? If we have ranches all over Nigeria I don’t think the farmers herders fight will surface.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
9 months ago

We don’t need RUGA policy. herders should and get a land purchase by them not given by government for cattle ranching. Ranching is they are practicing in developing countries and are getting better results. Why can’t we do the same if not that this issue is politically motivated. There is a move by the fulanis to forcefully acquire lands. Therefore, the fulanis are actually went for ethnic cleansing to get lands. To end this conflict herder should embrace cattle ranching.

theApr
theApr
Member
9 months ago

Farmers have reportedly organized among themselves in certain instances and launched attacks against the herders.

Remi1
Remi1
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9 months ago

Agribusiness experts, livestock specialists, and crop farmers congregate in Abuja to discuss ways to end the violence between settled farmers and nomads who keep cattle in order to find a solution.