President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Ministry of Agriculture to look for ways to end the incessant farmers/herdsmen clashes in the country.
Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Sunny Echono, who briefed Villa Correspondents after a meeting with the President made the disclosure yesterday.
Buhari urged bureaucrats to adopt the template formulated during his tenure as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, in the mid 90s.
Echono said alternatives being considered for checking the violent attacks and consequent loss of lives between nomadic Fulani cattle rearers and their host farmers, included creating grazing reserves and stock routes.
“The President also asked the Ministry to work towards restoring the agriculture extension services scheme; and to create employment for the youth through agriculture,” said Echono.
Issues of ‎climate change and late arrival of rains as they affect programmes of the Ministry were also tabled at the meeting with Buhari, the Permanent Secretary revealed.
He used the opportunity to clarify that the Growth Enhancement Scheme, GES,‎ of the Ministry has not been reversed following the decision of the Kano state government to procure fertilisers for its farmers.
According to him, the state government intervened because of some bureaucratic delays occasioned by the transition period.
‎”The issue is being adequately resolved as we are expecting presidential directives shortly ‎after which we will get across to other states. The GES is transparent and effective policy, and is still very much on course.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari has also met with officials of the Ministry of Water Resources, led by the Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus‎, whom Buhari ‎directed to re-prioritise issues of importance to the Ministry and report back to him.

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