The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has called for strong institutional support to drive the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) in Nigeria.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday during his presentation at the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) Summit on the theme: “Positioning the Nigerian Livestock Sector for the 21st Century Economy”, co-hosted by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Association of Agricultural Correspondents of Nigeria (ACAN), Mr. Fred Kaferro, FAO Representative in Nigeria and ECOWAS, stressed the need for a strong institutional structure to drive implementation at the national level in a coordinated manner.
Kaferro called on federal and state governments to review implementation arrangements with a view to clarifying the roles and responsibilities of states and actors at the federal level, development partners and the private sector, including in the areas of development. funding and resource mobilization.
He said the measure will accelerate its implementation, monitoring, evaluation, learning and accountability for results.
He further called for strengthening advocacy and public awareness of the NLTP, which is essential to build stakeholder understanding and clarify public perceptions of the Plan.
Dr. Andrew Kwasari, the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Agriculture, also said that Nigeria is losing around $14 billion a year due to the ongoing conflicts between farmers and herders in Nigeria.
To resolve the lingering crises between farmers and herders as well as reposition the livestock sector in the country, Kwasari, said the federal government, in collaboration with the states, has started the implementation of the National Agriculture Transformation Plan. Livestock (NLTP) 2019-2028.
He noted that already 22 states have sent letters of expression of interest to the office of the Chairman of the National Economic Council and Vice Chairman, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, adding that 10 states have established the State Livestock Transformation Bureau. .
As part of the implementation strategy, he said four states have identified and mapped gazetted grazing reserves in their area and have started implementing the NLTP in earnest.
These states, he said, include Nasarawa, Plateau, Adamawa and Kaduna.