Cross River State Govt Has Commenced The Cultivation Of King Grass To Curb Herders and Farmers Clashes

 Due to incessant clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria, Cross River State just commenced the cultivation of a special grass to end this unceasing crises.

The grass is a special pasture that grows more than two meters within 45 days of planting and once it is cut, it regenerates even faster. So, within a small landmass you can keep your cattle and grow this special grass and feed them.

Cross River is pioneering the production of the grass in collaboration with technical partners from Cambodia in furtherance of our administration's multi-faceted Agro-Industrialisation drive.

Herders have a right to the source of their livelihood, so they move from place to place in search of pasture for their cattle, thus pitting them against farmers who also have the right to protect their crops.

To put an end to this intractable conflict between these two groups, I have sought partnership with a team of experts from Cambodia and they are here with a special grass specie called “king grass”.

Herders stress their cattle by walking them through long distance whereas they can keep them in a location and feed them with king grass which grows lusciously and luxuriously and contains high level of nutrients for the cow. This nutrients make cow healthy for consumption.

The unique nature of the king grass lies in the fact that it  has the capacity to grow under any climatic condition, having been successfully demonstrated in the three Senatorial zones of the state which have different climatic conditions.

With the Obudu cattle ranch in Northern Cross River as a pilot study, the state government is working to create a feeding lot where king grass will be grown and fed to the cattle in the ranch.

My ambition is national security and oneness of this country. I am therefore, announcing to Nigeria that Cross River has got a permanent solution to the herders- farmers conflict.


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