May 27, 2018

How to end herdsmen/farmers’ crises -Prof. Sharubutu (SUN)

How to end herdsmen/farmers’ crises -Prof. Sharubutu (SUN)

Professor Hamidu Sharubutu, is the president, Veterinary Council of Nigeria. He is equally the Provost, Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Vom, Plateau State.

He was the chairman of the committee set up by Plateau State Government to proffer lasting solution to the lingering clashes between farmers and herdsmen. He wants government to ban grazing by minors and encourage Fulani herdsmen to settle down for ranching, just as he expressed the need for the federal government to resuscitate the primary responsibility of livestock extension workers in the country and introduce movement permits for Fulani herdsmen to checkmate their influx into rural communities in the country.

You are a Professor of Animal Health and the country is suffering from herdsmen attacks that have culminated in the death of innocent persons, how can the country get out of this trouble?

It is true that we are a College of Animal Health Technology, the college started from the Vom Veterinary School and our mandate is to train middle level manpower in animal production and by implication, train extension workers that interact with the herders and because of the nature of our trade, the farmers and the herdsmen are inseparable. We depend on the farmers as much as the farmers depend on the herders and when we bring these two together, it enhances our productivity as extension workers. Read more

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