Monday, 8 January 2018

Herdsmen attack: Bishop urges youth to embrace mechanised cattle rearing

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The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has recommended ranching as solution to the incessant herdsmen's attack in the country.

   The charismatic prelate called on Southeastern governors to expose Igbo youths to mechanized system of rearing cattle by ranching, noting that it would help to restrict Fulani cattle herders' encroachment into community farmlands.

     Bishop who stated this while fielding questions from Newsmen at the Blessed Iwene Tansi's Catholic Parish, Ebenebe, in Awka North Council area of Anambra State, called for a revolution in the system of rearing cattle for livelihood.

    The influential Man of God, said that with population explosion and people maintaining improved method of living and feeding, meat had become a lucrative business.

    The widely travelled prelate said that developed countries such as Ireland, Israel and Korea that had small landmass, adopted ranching in their meat supply, and with that improved method, cattle rearing was confined in enclosures, adding that they were able to make their cattle yield quality and quantity meat and milk.

    The Local Ordinary said that Israel which had a large influx of pilgrims to their Holy places regularly, still had food sufficiency and were able to meet the demands of food and meat supply to their tourism industry.

    The chief shepherd of Awka Catholic Diocese, described cattle rearing and meat supply as a lucrative business, noting that those who engaged in it were assured of buoyant economic empowerment.

    He said when Igbo Youths engaged in it as business enterprise it would motivate their Fulani/Hausa counterparts to emulate them, noting that when herdsmen revolutionized animal husbandry with modern method of feeding the cattle with improved animal feeds in ranches, and eventually would make better breeds with less primitive rigours of roaming about in the forest and farm lands.

    'Let them adopt ranching to the mutual advantages and coexistence of herdsmen and farmers,' Bishop Ezeokafor concluded.



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