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Two colonies begin business in Kogi



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Kogi has commenced cattle ranches on 15, 000 hectares of land in at least two local government areas of the state.

Governor Yahaya Bello, Friday, disclosed this during his official visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, in Abuja, where he delivered a letter to that effect.
According to him the two local government areas are Ajaokuta and Adavi. Ajaokuta gave 10, 000 hectares, while Adavi gave 5, 000 hectares of land.
The governor said that the government has done effective sensitization of the people in the state, and the citizens have keyed into the programme.
Other local government areas will soon be part of it give their lands for cattle ranches.
The ranches, he said, are a pilot project.  The Fulani herdsmen will be brought into the two ranches over a period of time since there was no Anti-Grazing Law enacted by the state.
Twelve other states have signified intention to adopt the federal government cattle colony scheme in the north.
No state in the south has yet responded positively to the proposal because of the fear of colonization.
But Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Thursday that the policy never intends to snatch land from any state, adding that the herdsmen will pay for rent or acquisition, and other services provided in the colonies.

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