Ekiti vows to penalise unregistered herdsmen

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The Ekiti Government has warned that stiffer penalties will be meted to herdsmen in the who refused to register and get the identity in consonance with the provision of the Anti- Law.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Olabode Adetoyi, on Thursday stated this in Ado Ekiti, the capital, during the official commencement of registration of herdsmen and farmers in the .

Adetoyi said registration of herders and farmers in the , apart being an opportunity to fish criminal elements, will ensure security of lives and as well increase crop food .

He said other steps being taken by the state government to ensure lasting between herders and farmers included “ban on night and using under-aged herders in Ekiti State.

“Part of the essence of the registration is to increase food security in Ekiti State. Food rate is just growing at 2.5 per cent, our population is increasing at 2.8 to 3 per cent, the food requirement is at 3 or 3.2 per cent.

“The essence of this now is that there is a demand supply gap and we need to close it. What is causing it is insecurity and we to it headlong in Ekiti State so that people can be able to go back to the farms and in higher quantity and quantity.

“In Ekiti State now, under the Livestock Transformation Plan, we are bringing back our cattle ranch settlements at Oke Ako and Irele for whoever to graze their cattle. They will register there and provision will be made over there too,” he said.

The Nation