NEC budgets N100bn for livestock programme – Independent Observers

NEC budgets N100bn for livestock programme

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By Danladi Al-Hassan

The National Economic Council’s Sub-Committee on Farmers/Herders’ crisis has proposed a budget of N100 billion for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).

The proposal was submitted on Thursday at the National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja by the Chairman of the sub-committee and Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr Dave Umahi.

Umahi explained that contrary to the widely held belief, the NLTP was not about cows alone but had three planks, including care for persons displaced by farmers/herders’ crisis and education programmes.

Also, states are free to use any animals of their choice in implementing the programme.

Umahi said the committee proposed that the Federal Government would bear 80 per cent of the N100bn, while participating states would support with the balance of N20bn and land for the programme.

He added that the programme remained voluntary and would accommodate only states that expressed participation interest.

However, there is no effective take-off date yet as the proposed N100bn will still be reviewed by the next meeting October before a date is decided.

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