Bayelsa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources David Alagoa said it’s not true that the State Government ask Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria MACBAN 14 days ultimatum to leave the State.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources explained that the Bayelsa State Livestock Management Committee has been holding meetings with leaders of MACBAN and they came to an agreement, that cattle herders should into the designated areas for the state where ranching is permitted as a proactive step to stop any farmers and herders clash in the State.
”The Miyetti Allah and the Livestock Committee came together in meeting understanding the reasons for them not to leave the State but for them to move into designated areas in the State where ranching is permitted so that they will not disturb farms because we’re aggressively into farming.
We have collect loans for plenty of rice and cassava plantations, so, we are taking proactive steps as we don’t want a clash between farmers and herders because it has been happening in another state.
So we get designated areas, for this case, Bayelsa Palm plantation all of them will move in and graze their castles.
The ones not satisfied with that will move out because our land has become farmlands as we are encouraging farming and we don’t want a situation where herders go clash with farmers that’s the reason we separated them.” He said.
David Alagoa said that have met with MACBAN leaders from Owerri, Port Harcourt, and the southeast and they too have encouraged their people to move into the designated ranching areas