The Ogun State Government says it has put a stop to the incessant clashes between farmers and herders in parts of the state.
Dr. Samson Odedina, the state Commissioner for Agriculture said this on Tuesday.
The government said contrary to what happened last year when such clashes led to loss of lives and property, the state had consolidated its efforts to foster peaceful relationship between the two parties.
Odedina said the government had put in place machineries to ensure clashes between herders’ and farmers in the state do not recur.
He said proper identification of farmers and herders has been done and regular meetings between the leaders of the two groups as well as creation of rapid response unit in the ministry to act when necessary, also helped.
The commissioner stated that the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, has made some efforts which had yielded positive results.
He said, “When the governor assumed office, the first thing he did was to approve a committee of farmers and herders and the governor also approved office for the committee at Veterinary Office, Ita-Eko. So we meet every month.
“These stakeholders in Ogun have a way of carrying out identification. We know all the farmers and we know all the herders.
“It was easy for us to stop the clashes. Farmers and herders are already working together. The farmers’ leaders know the herders’ leaders. We have already achieved some levels of peace and understanding to the nationwide issue.”
Meanwhile, the commissioner said the state has empowered over two million small scale farmers in the last one year.
He added that within the last one year, the state government had worked with 70,000 farmers in seven value chains which include cassava, rice, cocoa, palm oil and aquaculture among others.