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Cattle Colony is Strange to Us, Says Oyo State Government


The Oyo State government has said the Federal Government’s cattle colony is alien to the state.

The government warned against any form of cattle rearing that allows herds to roam around and infringe on other people’s rights and destroy their farms.

The Federal Government, at the weekend, said work would begin next week on cattle colonies in states that have shown interest to establish them.

But Oyo State Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development Mr. Oyewole Oyewumi said the government was working hard to stop farmers’/herdsmen clashes, which have become rampant.

Oyewumi said: “Again, as a policy of the Oyo State government today, we encourage ranching over any other methods of cattle production and development. We have heard talks about grazing reserves and, recently, about what they call cattle colonies. They sound very strange to us, especially the issue of cattle colonies. I think the idea is being muted by the Federal Government. We await further explanations on what cattle colony is. But the underlining thing, for us as a state, is that having our cattle in an enclosed area for control purposes is very critical to us.

“So, if the cattle colonies envisage a situation where the colony consists of an enclosure, no matter how large, where the movement of cattle is controlled, we may look at it. But if it has to be an open area where cattle will be allowed to just walk around in a free range, I don’t think the Oyo State government will be able to accommodate that. That is our position and that is where we stand on the matter.”


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