The presidency on Sunday said the Ruga settlement will benefit Nigeria, curb insecurity and stop roaming of cattle herders with the attendant clashes with farmers.
A statement signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, stated that the Ruga settlement seeks to settle migrant and pastoral families.
The statement reads, “Ruga settlement simply means rural settlement in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, will be settled in an organized place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to meats and animal products.
On the benefits of Ruga settlement, Shehu said, ” the overall benefit to the nation includes a drastic reduction in conflicts between herders and farmers, a boost in animal protection complete with a value chain that will increase the quality and hygiene of livestock in terms of beef and milk production, increased quality of feeding and access to animal care and private sector participation in commercial pasture production by way of investments.
“Other gains are job creation, access to credit facilities, security for pastoral families and curtailment of cattle rustling.
He said twelve states have applied to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, making lands available for the take-off of the scheme in their states.
H urged states to join the Federal Government at the centre in encouraging all sides to these conflicts to make efforts towards finding a peaceful resolution.