The Agricultural and Rural Development Secretariat, ARDS, in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has identified regular sensitisation campaign as part of proactive measures against incessant clashes between farmers and pastoralists.
This will enhance survival on common ground for both parties.
The Secretariat stated that the act would help to bridge the widening division between both groups, who were critical stakeholders in the agriculture sector and society at large.
Speaking in Abuja, Nigeria, the Secretary Agric and Rural Development, Mr Stanley Nzekwe stated that other measures was taken to end the reoccurring cases of senseless killings and wanton destruction of property, arising from disputes between crop farmers and pastoralists.
The Secretary who stated this during a sensitisation workshop on peace initiative between crop farmers and pastoralists in FCT grazing reserve said the government was adopting the interactive sensitisation approach and other measures to appeal to the conscience of the parties towards tolerating one another.
Mr Nzekwe described the initiative as apt and well timed, in view of incessant clashes between crop farmers and pastoralists especially during farming season, where both the farmers and pastoralists intensify struggle for survival on land, which is a common ground.
He said the intention of the FCTA through the Agric secretariat was to use the sensitisation workshop as an interactive way of bringing all contending issues to fore, so that they can be effectively addressed.
The Secretariat also plans to make this kind of workshop as regular as possible, at least thrice a year; that's at beginning, middle and end of raining season.
Farmers will be sensitized against bush burning, to allow for pastoralists to graze farm residues or annually- at beginning of raining season.
The Secretary further said that the Secretariat would ensure that its extension officers deployed to villages work closely with the traditional institutions to preach on the need to maintain peace.
Source: Voice of Nigeria