13 June 2016
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry declared on Monday that states of the federation should promote and practise agriculture in the areas in which they have comparative advantage.
Mr Adeola Elliot, Chairman, Agriculture and Agro-Allied Sector of the chamber said this would enhance keen competition between the states and engender employment opportunities.
He said it would also be a way of ending farmers/herdsmen clashes and squarely address agitations over the establishment of grazing reserves across the country.
“If states in the northern part of the country regard grazing as fundamental to their own agriculture, they should develop grazing lands in that part of the country.
”If Lagos is interested in fishing, it should be allowed to utilise part of its land for that purpose and not be bothered about grazing.
”However, any state that is interested in grazing should provide grazing lands and not routes for such activity,” he said.
Elliot said that farmers interested in husbandry and dairy farms should also be allowed to have expanse of land for grazing.
He said that the genuine Fulani herdsmen knew where to pasture their animals and would not go to any village to destroy crops.
The chairman said that those entering villages and towns destroying crops were not herdsmen and that the law enforcement agencies should arrest them for prosecution.
He advised the various state governments to set aside large expanse of land in their states for lease to herdsmen for husbandry and grazing.