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Agric Minister, Audu Ogbeh Reveals FG’s Plan to End Herdsmen Attack

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says the ministry will begin the paddock development in August.

The paddock development programme involves growing of special grasses for cattle.

Ogbeh told journalists on Wednesday in Abuja, that the ministry has started bringing the special seeds of grass (fodder seeds) into the country.

Ogbeh explained that after some time, the country would become an exporter of the grass to earn foreign exchange.

“The Saudi Arabia is asking that if Nigeria can grow enough grass they will buy to feed their cows,“ he said.

He assured that with the paddock development, the clash between farmers and herdsmen in the country would be put to an end.

“The clash between farmers and herdsmen has been getting worse by the years and by the grace of God I will bring it to an end,“ he said.

He said that no farmer would allow his crops to be eaten by cattle.

“No farmer in the world would like to plant his crops and arrive to see that cows have eaten everything up,“ he said.

The minister noted that the problem had persisted because over the years, successive governments had not done enough to check the problem.

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