Government contributions are now integrated into the breeding model, according to Ortom
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said Thursday that the federal government has integrated state stakeholder contributions into the national livestock transformation plan.
In a statement from his chief press secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, the governor added that he agreed to enter the plan because the National Economic Council approved the National Livestock Transformation Plan with input from state stakeholders.
Recall that the senior special assistant to the president in charge of agriculture and coordinator of the NLTP, Andrew Kwasari, had indicated that 22 states, including Benue, had expressed their interest in the project.
It drew criticism, especially from a former presidential aide, Laureta Onochie, who mocked Ortom for asking the federal government for funds.
But Ortom said in the statement that he opposed Rug to prevent the federal government from seizing Benue’s land.
“When the federal government played with so many ideas, ranging from open grazing, grazing reserves, grazing roads, a cattle colony, Ruga and finally farming centers in the 109 senatorial districts of the country, Governor Ortom opposed it. He hasn’t changed his position.
“The Benue government only agreed to enter the National Livestock Transformation Program because the National Economic Council, which includes the 36 state governors, approved the National Livestock Transformation Plan which incorporated suggestions from state stakeholders.
“The NLTP provides that states are free to adopt and implement whatever aspect of the plan suits its particularities. Unfortunately, the presidency rejected it but prefers to continue to dribble the Nigerians.
“For us in Benue, our peculiarities are that we have a law on animal husbandry and in the area of animal husbandry, our competitive advantages include native cattle, pigsty, goats and fishing.
“All of these elements have been factored into the plan and Benue State has accepted the implementation of the plan based on these conditions. ”
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