The Benue state government had in the past months openly declared that the state will not participate in any kind of livestock resettlement plans proposed by the federal government as part of ways to curb the herdsmen and Farmers clash in the state.
Shortly after 72 hours of rejecting the National Livestock Transformation Plan proposed by the Federal Government, the Benue State Government says it now support the programme and willing to partner with FG to implement it in Benue.
A delegation from Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, led by Dr Joseph Nyanger, had on Wednesday met with stakeholders in Benue on the national livestock plan, which they rejected and described as another form of the suspended Ruga project.
But in the statement made on behalf of the stakeholders, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr Timothy Ijir, said the state earlier stand was an uninformed decision.
The statement read in part, “After exhaustive deliberations, stakeholders resolved to reconsider their position in view of the fact that they now have enough information to make an informed decision.
“It was also resolved during the meeting that a technical team of experts be put together to study the NLTP document and identify areas suitable for implementation in Benue State based on peculiarities of the state.
“The meeting also resolved that the NLTP should be domesticated in Benue State and to ensure that it conforms with the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state.”