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‘Govt. Will tackle farmers/herders clashes by end of this year’

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The Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe has revealed that the problem of farmers/herders clash will be contained by the end of this year, if all the mechanisms government is building locally are put in place.

Ogbe made this known while delivering a lecture on Wednesday on: Technology and Agricultural Revolution: A tool for economic growth’, organised by Catholic Brothers United (CBU) of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Maryland, Lagos.

According to the Minister, the mechanisms entails government providing enough feeds for cattle from agro waste, rice stocks, cassava leaves, maize, among others. “We are determined to bring the crisis to an end”, he said.

Ogbe also revealed that government is partnering with Federal universities of Agriculture, in collaboration with the National University Commission (NUC), to make their graduates employers of labour by engaging in agriculture after graduation.

His words “We the older generations must begin to hand over power to the younger generation; I know that the demand today is the political power transfer to youths, but there is much more power in the private sector than the government; because the private sector is the driver of growth”, said Ogbe.

On his part, the Group Managing Director of Elephant Group, Tunji Owoeye, commended the government, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bankers’ Committee for the reduction in the interest rate for  the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

The CBU 19th Annual lecture according to the President Catholic Brothers United, Emmanuel Okoro was carefully chosen in consideration of the various developmental challenges currently facing the country.

“Agriculture has been the an important sector in the Nigerian economy in the past decades and continue to be a major sector despite the oil boom as it guarantees food security, employment opportunities for the teeming population, among others”

(the nation)

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