National Agency inaugurates programme to combat climate change threats

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The National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) conducted a capacity building and training programme on sustainable cattle ranching in tackling the challenges of climate change and national security.

The Director General of the Agency, Yusuf Maina Bukar disclosed this at a capacity building and training on pilot cattle ranch, fodder farm and orchard planting on Wednesday in Nguru.

Maina, represented by Mr Safiyanu Yavala, the Director Resource Mobilisation and Partnership Building said the themed of the programme is “Cattle Ranching for Sustainable Development and National Security.”

He said it aimed at empowering both herders and farmers in dealing with the harsh realities of a changing climate.

He added that climate change, was not just an environmental issue but “an all-encompassing threat” impacting on health, agriculture, and national security.

Maina-Bukar expressed over rising incidence of conflict between herders and farmers due to shrinking land availability.

“As traditional migration routes become disrupted and resources dwindle, competition for grazing land intensifies, leading to clashes and displacement,” he said.

According to him, the solution lied in the establishment of pilot cattle ranches, fodder farms, and orchard plantations.

He added that the model aimed to offer alternative solutions, reducing the need for seasonal migration and promoting sustainable resource management.

He also said the programme would equip participants with necessary knowledge and skills, including local feed preservation techniques, to empower them to meet their individual needs without relying solely on dwindling resources.

While emphasising the importance of collaboration, urged communities to actively participate in the programme and adopt modern technologies to combat land degradation and ensure a sustainable future.

Speaking, Alhaji Baba Othman, the National President Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria said sustainable cattle ranch development could provide food, income, and livelihoods for millions of people.

He added that with adequate extension and education, pastoralists will come to terms to accept the introduction of ranching system of animal husbandry as the best practices for sustainable management of natural resources.

Othman also said sustainable development of cattle ranches could be realised through practices that prioritise environmental conservation, animal welfare, and social equity.

Adding that the practice involves proper land management to prevent overgrazing and soil erosion, implementing technologies for efficient water usage, and adopting animal husbandry practices that minimize stress and disease.

He however noted that the practice required adequate investment in infrastructure, policy support, capacity building, and community engagement among others.

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