The National Economic Council has agreed that the movement of herders and their cattle be stopped nationwide.
The proposed ban will take off from Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna and Plateau, mostly affected by the attacks by killer herdsmen.
Governor Dave Umahi, who announced this to the State House correspondents at the end of the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said they also backed the immediate establishment of cattle ranches.
He said, “We agreed that there is a more profitable and modern way of raising these cows which is by ranching. So, we have agreed that the five states that are involved are going to give land. Niger and Kaduna, outside the five states, have given land and Plateau is also giving land. Ranching is being practised in Mambila, in Taraba State and they have success stories with regards to that.
”We also agreed that through the Agric Ministry, we have the need to introduce new species of cows. The minister told us that there are new species that produce as much as 60 liters of milk per day per cow, and that the cows weight as much as 900 Kgs but our own weigh less than 200kgs. So, we have agreed that we are going to work on these new species, while also working with our ranching. We also agreed that livestock production in Nigeria has not been taken care of.
Also, the council said foreign herders must show their travel documents, despite the ECOWAS protocol on free movement of persons within the West Africa sub region.
Also speaking, Agriculture Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said Nigeria may back out of the implementation of the protocol to stop killings of farmers by herders nationwide.