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RUGA Gets N2.2bn in 2019 Budget

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By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate) Matters, Senator Ita Enang has called on States in the southern part of the country to support the implementation of the proposed Ruga cattle settlement programme by making land available.

The Presidential aide disclosed that a whopping N2.

258 billion was provided for the implementation of the Ruga programme in the 2019 budget.

Enang is who made the appeal at the weekend when he hosted Students of Law School Abuja from Akwa Ibom State, said that the word – Ruga is not derived from Hausa or Fulani, but an acronym for Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) initiated in 1956 during the colonial era and is not intended to islamize, fulanized or colonize anybody.

Supporting his claims, Enang cited the 2019 federal budget, volume 1 under the ministry of agricultural and rural development item number ERGP 5208 where the sum of N2.

258bn was provided and budgeted for the grazing programme.

He maintained that the national assembly members are not against the Ruga programme because they aware of it and had been approving funds for it’s implementation.

Besides the over N2 billion appropriated for the Ruga there were also budgeted sum of N300 million for water sanitation, N400 million development for sweet potatoes, N350 million for ginger development amongst several other budgeted.

He said that the ruga policy is just one component of the budget under the ministry of agriculture.

Though President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the suspension of the Programme following a widespread protest against the implementation of the Programme in most states across the country especially in the middle belt and southern region.

But the presidential aide stressed that the objective of the budget for ruga is to promote cattle breeding and meet production.

He explained that the ruga programme is an integrated farm system which has schools, good road, tractors and mechanisatiom, agricultural integration.

with a provision for primary healthcare, vetinery, schools.

Senator Enang callee on the governor of Akwa Ibom State to also provide land for the establishment of RUGA in the states while urging the federal government to include his state amongst the benefiting states.

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He, however, disclosed that asides the budgeted sum for Ruga in the 2019 expenditure, there is another sum provided for the emergency Ruga implementation programme approved in May by the National Economic Council for states that will make land available.

Enang said that since 1999 he has been hosting students of Law School from Akwa Ibom State but this was specifically to enlighten them on the objective of Ruga programme against the misconceptions making the orunds .

Enang served in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2011, the elected senate in 2011 to 2015 and appointed SSA to the President on National Assembly (Senate) matters to date.

”One of the rumours was that President Buhari was going to acquire land people’s feed cow, ” he said.

He asked the law students one after the other what they know about Ruga and each and everyone gave his view on the issue.

Some said they have not known much about the real issue because government was yet to enlighten them on it.

Senator Enang said that Ruga is not a Hausa or Fulani word but an acronym for Rural Grazing Areas.

According to him the Ruga programme started in Nigeria since 1956, adding that it is not only for rearing cattle but farming and rearing of other animals.

”Ruga is not a plan to seize land from people neither and it’s not meant to fulanize or colonize anybody.

”The Programme is meant to address the issue of cattle roaming and destruction of farmland which would put an end to the herders/farmers crisis, ” Enang explained.

According to the presidential aide, people in the south have farm settlements and plantations which he equates to Ruga.

”The idea of Ruga graduated in 1978 into the Land Use Act which states that a portion of land has to be reserved for grazing to avoid the destruction of farm produce by cattle.

”Over time cattle roamed and destroyed farms hence the introduction of the policy to address the issue, ” he said.

He noted that in places like the north, earth dams were constructed to cater for cattle.

He expressed shocks over the inability of some states governors to understand the policy.

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One of the first Ruga programmes is Obudu Cattle Ranch and the Yankari Games Reserve.

He said that every year there has been allocation for the continuous  funding of grazing areas.

The height of the herders/farmers crisis led to the introduction of the ruga policy May 8, by the federal government mostly in the middle belt region and some states in North east and north west.

He said that it was the National Economic Council (NEC) that approved the establishment of the emergency Ruga policy but wondered by some governors were denying been part of the approval.

The FG is not any way trying to takeover anybody’s land for ruga adding that land under the land use act is on the hands of state government.

He faulted the claims by some governors that it was meant to Fulanize peole.

He said that the emergency ruga programme did not involve any state in the South East, South West and the South South because the areas that had the problems were about 10 states mainly North Central, and few states in North West and North East.

Responding to questions from the law students he said in most places wealth is measured by the number of cattle one has.

Senator Enang said that people in the southern part of the country preferred the local cow because it’s more nutritious than the ones brought from the north.

He urged the states in the south to open up their lands for ruga.

He said those in the habit of abusing their leaders who buy into the ruga programme are not well informed on the policy adding that their representatives in the national assembly unanimously passed the budget for Ruga and the ministers from all the states of the federation also approved the ruga at NEC.

He further highlighted that each state has a representative at the Federal executive council just like NASS.

He said that the president is very sensitive to the plight of Nigerian hence the call for the suspension of the Ruga picy.

The Ruga is an investment programme that will generate money for the state and the country at large.

Ruga (Rural Grazing Areas) started in 1956.

He appealed to all Nigerians to stop politicizing the implementation of the ruga policy.

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He said that if lawyers understand, the world will understand.

The students appreciated the senator appealing to government to increase its public enlightenment programme to enable the citizens understand better its policies and programmes in order to avoid rancor.

Ndifrake Inyang, leader of the Akwa Ibom State Students of the Nigerian Law School, Abuja Campus, said: “We came here today to pay a courtesy call on Senator Ita Enang in keeping with his 20 years tradition of hosting law students being that he is a lawyer we came to learn from his wealth of experience.

“Today the distinguished senator took a different dimension by enlightening us on the issue of Rural Grazing Area (RUGA).

I recalled that about two months ago there was crisis in Taraba and Benue states. While I was growing up in my own place (Cross River State) we had a similar issue and this has been on for many years.

“Personally, I didn’t have the right notion about RUGA but I reserved my comment on that at that time because as a lawyer you don’t have to talk until you know all the facts. So having known the facts about the entire process, I am happy and I am in better position to educate others on the subject matter.

“Sincerely speaking the RUGA is something that everybody would want to have because of the economic derivatives. I also want the RUGA settlement in my state Akwa Ibom so that there will be employment and our people can benefit from it and also put to an end the national crisis so that we will have one peace Nigeria.”

Another law student Anastasia Ligiounim Ugbaka, an indigene of Obudu, Cross River State, said that the notion by most Nigerians is that the federal government want to take land from the people and islamize the country the RUGA programme.

She urged the government to expand the Obudu Cattle ranch and increase the number of cattle and other animals so as to create jobs.

She advised the federal government that when implement the RUGA policy they should go about it with caution so as not to ignite crisis because some people still hold divergence view on the issue.


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Buhari Inaugurates 5,700 Hectares Hadejia Irrigation Scheme

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President Muhammadu Buhari recently inaugurated the 5,700 hectares Hadejia Valley Irrigation Scheme in Auyo, Jigawa, to boost food security in the country.

“The project which covered over 5,700 hectares of irrigable farms will significantly contribute to our quest for food security, job creation, economic diversification and the attainment of our objectives of none oil dependent economy,” he said.

The President laid the foundation of the project in 2018.

The project, designed for rice farming, was executed under the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING), supported by the World Bank.

TRIMING is a special intervention scheme of the Federal Government aimed at promoting sustainable irrigation in the country.

Buhari urged the host community to take advantage of the opportunities provided by gigantic irrigation infrastructure to enhance their livelihood.

“It will be a small part in our overall quest to uplift one hundred million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years,” the president added.

He urged the Jigawa Government to sustain its commitment in agriculture, saying he has heard the success story of its cluster farming system.

Buhari commended Gov. Badaru Abubakar for the achievements recorded in the last seven years, adding that he was amazed by the number of projects executed by the governor across all sectors.

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Buhari sympathised with victims of the flood disaster in  different communities of Auyo, Miga, Kafin Hausa, Kiyawa, Jahun, Birnin Kudu, Dutse and other parts of the state.

The president promised to provide additional relief support to the victims through the National Committee on Flood set up by the Federal Government.

“Today I was able to personally see the extent of the damages while flying from Auyo, Kafin Hausa, Jahun, some parts of Miga, Kiyawa, Dutse and Birnin kudu Local Government Areas of the state,” he said.

The President also inaugurated the Malam Alu Ago Allied Company and Tallest Flag in Nigeria in Birnin Kudu.

He urged Nigerians to use technology to drive agricultural production and other sectors of the economy.

“Technology is something that will solve a lot of our problems; use your heads more, your initiative and use technology and I believe with determination, you will all succeed,” he added.

Earlier, Badaru attributed the huge infrastructure development in the state to the support received from the president.

He said President Buhari administration provided several intervention funds without which the achievements recorded would not be realised.

He also commended the president for completing several projects he inherited across the country, some of which were abandoned for more than two decades.

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Also speaking, Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, thanked the president for releasing billions of naira which enabled the ministry to undertake various irrigation and water projects nationwide.

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FG Establishes 500 Capacity Livestock Farm in Sokoto

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The National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) has established an animal husbandry farm with cow milking parlour.

The farm with capacity for 500 cows and cow milking parlour with capacity of 200 cows in a set, sits on a 100 hectares land in Sokoto State.

NALDA said the idea behind the project was to develop a modern animal husbandry farm that would sustain itself and reduce the movement of cows within the area.

The Executive Secretary, NALDA, Prince Paul Ikonne, who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen after inspecting the farm and the poultry feed mill facility, said he was satisfied with the level of work at the facilities.

He explained that the essence of establishing the modern animal husbandry farm, which has cow pens with napier grass on 50 hectares, with the construction of clinics/veterinary sections and a training centre, was to reduce the movement of cattle and end the farmers/herders clashes.

Ikonne said that NALDA was committed to achieving food security and development, as he assured that the farm would generate employment, hygienic milk production and cow fattening for meat.

At the same time, the farm would train and encourage young farmers to go into animal husbandry and animal food formulation, according to the NALDA boss.

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Construction workers were spotted at the 100 hectares farmland at the section of the clinic and training centre building where work was ongoing, while the 500 cow capacity pens and the cow milking parlour have both been completed.

Also spotted were those watering the napier grass field using the boreholes provided by NALDA at the farm.

The farm is located at Dabagin-lafia, opposite the Usman Danfodio University farm, while the poultry feed mill is situated in Dayin village along the road to Doba, in Sokoto State.

“NALDA is into partnership with Prime Ranch Ltd, who donated the 100 hectares of land where we are establishing the animal husbandry farm, napier grass field and will cultivate maize and millet on 30 hectares of the said land,” Ikonne stated.

“The establishment of the napier grass field is to ensure feed production for the cows, as that will eliminate the roaming around of the animals in search of feed, thereby curtailing farmer/herder clash.

“The milking parlour will serve both the cows in the farm and other animal husbandry farmers who would want their cows milked in a hygienic way.

“Prime Ranch will manage the farm on completion based on their wealth of experience in animal husbandry. This type of partnership is sustainable, productive and should be encouraged in order for us to achieve food security and development,” he added.

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On employment opportunities through the partnership, Ikonne stated that with the establishment of the poultry feed mill, which Prime Ranch provided the land and was managing the 62,000 poultry capacity, there would be feed production for small farmers across the zone and other parts of the country.

He said job opportunities would also be created for those who would work at the milking parlour by attending to the cows.

“The employment chain will not be anything less than 400, consisting of workers who would be directly involved in these activities, outside the output, which is achieving food sufficiency,” he stated.

Also speaking during inspection of both projects, the farms and feed mill, the Founder, Prime Ranch Ltd, Nafiu Yakubi, said the partnership with NALDA was coming into fruition.

“The thinking when we incorporated Prime Ranch years back, is to have a ranch kind of arrangement whereby we grow our animals, grow their feeds, fatten them, and sell them off to the market. The partnership with NALDA is a very cordial one. They support us in all areas that we need support from them,” he said.

On the output from the partnership, Yakubu said, “Arising from this partnership with NALDA, you have seen the feed mill. We are currently producing feed for our poultry and other NALDA poultry farmers.”

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He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for encouraging young farmers through NADLA, stressing that the President had called Nigerians to return to farming, as he urged Nigerian youths to yield to the call.

“I am a lawyer and I am back to the farm, so Nigerian youths should go back to farming. It is very profitable and the opportunities are very wide,” Yakubu stated.

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Agric Ministry, Lagos Govt Partner on Proper Nationwide Meat Haulage

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said it was ready to work with Lagos State government in order to improve the distribution of meat across the country.

Speaking during a study tour and stakeholders engagement to understudy the air-cool Meatvans from the Abattoirs and Slaughterhouses to the various meat markets in Lagos State recently, the Chief Veterinary Officer of Nigeria and Director Federal Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Dr.

Maimuna Abdullahi Habbib said the objectives of the tour was to understudy the state air-cool Meatvans, the Abattoirs and the Slaughterhouses.

She revealed that the Ministry would facilitate the process to ensure that a policy was drafted to ensure smooth operations, enforcement and implementation of the process across the nation, pointing out  that the Ministry had procured 37 vehicles that would be distributed to butchers for free in order to facilitate the process across the country”.

She further stated that the Ministry would strengthen it collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to make every structure and every movement of meat from abattoir to the market across the country a success. 

In her remarks the Hon. Commissioner Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture Ms. Ruth Abisola Olusanya said that “prior to the launching of Eko Meat van Project in Year 2004, Meat haulage business in Lagos State was rather disorganised, haphazard and unregulated, adding that wooden carts were used to transport Meat and Carcasses from Abattoirs and Slaughter facilities to the deboning and bulk-breaking sections.

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She pointed out that four Private investors and Butchers Association Group formed the executing stakeholders to run the fleet of air-cool Meatvans from the Abattoirs and Slaughterhouses to the various meat markets statewide, noting that the project was funded by Polaris bank in agreement with the stakeholders.

She further stated that In 2009, the Ministry launched the Eko Refrigerated Meatvan Project which was an advancement of the air-cool Eko Meatvans into refrigerated form and a total of fourteen private investors’ companies along with the State Butchers Association’s and Lagoon Butchers Ventures were successfully –screened and licensed to operate the project under a jointly-registered cooperative umbrella (Agege Meat van Multipurpose Cooperative society).

In his welcome address, the state Director of veterinary services Dr. Macaulay Rasheed Molade said that “the refrigerated meat transportation project runs from 2009 till date and it is involved in the daily haulage of Meat carcasses, cattle officials, head and feet as well as other cow parts from the abattoirs/slaughter facilities to the various meat markets”.

Earlier, in his Goodwill message, the Chairman Lagos State butchers Association Mr. Alabi Bamidele Kazeem said that “the butchers have been supportive to the state government and will continue give its maximum cooperation”.

The Essence of the Visit was to understudy the model of meat haulage in the state’s abattoirs, under the umbrella company known as the EKO REFRIGERATED MEAT HAULAGE. It aimed at adopting the best practices in our abattoirs nationwide and learn from the challenges that come from the initiatives in order to improve on them.

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In attendance were Representative of the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), National Agricultural Insurance Cooperation (NAIC), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the CEO A is Farmers Market.

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