The Nigerian Senate has backed the decision of the Federal Government to start the importation of grass from Brazil for grazing purpose. This was made known by the Senate Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu saying this will bring a permanent solution to the problems between farmers and herdsmen.
Meanwhile, some professors of agriculture are against the move by saying that we have the capacity to produce the grasses here in Nigeria with government support. The Senator in turn criticized the professors’ ability to proffer solution over the years and that the they have no right to criticize government’s decision.
Adamu said the grasses when imported would stop the movement of herdsmen and their cattle from one place to another which will cause the fight between them and farmers. He added that the killings were caused by the indiscipline on the part of the herdsmen and government failure and politicization of the issue.
Also the Federal Government had in declared that it would start grass importation and also create grazing areas in certain parts of the country.
The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh said this while addressing the people of Agatu in Benue State, Nigeria.
“Cattle herdsmen want grasses for their cattle; such grass is what we are growing in large quantities and, within the next three months, some of these will be ready.”
“We are also sending a bill to the National Assembly to legislate that cattle should no longer roam in our cities and villages.”
“We will equally raise the issue at the level of the African Union, to compel member-countries to take steps to prevent their herdsmen from grazing into neighbouring countries. It will be a major international crises if we do not stop it now,” Ogbeh said.
President Buhari has also instructed that 10,000 tons of grain be injected into the economy due to rising of cost of grains in the country.