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HERDSMEN KILLINGS: Oluwo Proffers Solution


Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi
The Oluwo of Iwoland, HIM Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I has urged Fulanis across Nigeria to make Nigerians proud by alternating grazing with hay storage in feeding their cattle in the pen as obtained in advanced countries instead of grazing. The Osun Monarch also called federal government to launch an orientation programme on the construction of pen and provision of hay.

The Oluwo made this admonition while receiving some Fulani dignitaries in his palace in Iwo, Osun State.

As contained in a press statement by his Press Secretary, Alli Ibraheem,  Oluwo tagged Fulani as one of the basket food of the nation, beseeching them to modernize animal  raising  by constructing byre for cattle and make provision for sufficient hay as obtained in advanced countries.

Oluwo disclosed the impact of Fulani in meat production as imperative, calling on them to respect international standard of cattle rearing to establish and sustain a peaceful affinity with farmers across Nigeria.

Oluwo therefore called on federal government to launch an orientation programme on hay and pen development.

The monarch said there is no sense in farmers fighting herdsmen as animal raising is part of farming. The best the government can do is to modernize herding to the standard of developed nations through the orientation for the construction of pen and provision of adequate hay. 

”Herdsmen and farmers are both agriculturists. Both are factors in promoting our economy and must learn to live peacefully. To establish a symbiotic relationship, the government has a vital role to play. They need to launch orientation training for the herdsmen and change their direction to alternate grazing with pen construction with adequate hay storage" said Oluwo.

 “The alternative to grazing is the pen with sufficient hay storage. That is how it is done in the advanced country. You can never see herdsmen grazing cattle in Europe. The federal government needs to orientate herdsmen across Nigeria to construct byre with adequate hay "

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