President Buhari in his ranch

Peak Milk’s latest business move in Niger State has reopened discussion regarding the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) settlements for Fulani Herdsmen which was proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The acquisition of hectares of land by the dairy company in the Northern State renewed the debate that there’s enough room for Fulani Herdsmen to rear their cattle in the Northern region rather than seeking portion of hectares in the Southern and Western States.

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The Federal Government had proposed the RUGA scheme as a solution to the constant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the South-East due to the destruction of farmlands and killing of cows. However, the move was widely rejected in regions outside the North.

The cattle rearers were informed to purchase land and operate as a business entity in the form of ‘ranch’ rather than being awarded land acquired by the Federal Government. This renewed the debate as to the economic value the resettlement will add to Nigeria’s economy.

Peak Milk meeting with Niger State Government
Peak Milk meeting with Niger State Government

While the RUGA scheme has been suspended by the President Buhari led-administration, the dust, however, hasn’t settled. The planned acquisition of 1,000-hectares of land by the subsidiary of Friesland Campina revived the discuss, with some people suggesting that Peak Milk has shown how the Fulani herdsmen should operate. The development also suggests that there’s unused land of about 45,000 hectares for the RUGA scheme in Niger State alone.

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Deal book 300 x 250
Deal book 300 x 250

Though the tweet generated counter-argument among his followers, it was agreed that the land mass in the North is enough to serve the Fulani Herdsmen.


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