The National Economic Council has voted the sum of one hundred billion naira for the implementation of the proposed National Livestock Transformation Plan. Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr Dave Umahi who served as chairman sub-committee on herders/farmers crisis, briefed State House correspondents after the Council meeting on Thursday in Abuja.
He noted that plan was not targeted only on cows but a wholistic strategy to address animal husbandry, adding that this was targeted at supporting the development of Nigeria’s livestock sector.
Umahi noted that it would be implemented in seven pilot states of Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara states. According to him, the Federal Government would contribute 80 per cent in grant to support the project while states would contribute land, project implementation structure, personnel and 20 per cent cost of the project.
Umahi said that states will determine whether or not to participate as the federal government has not imposed this plan on them.