The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Oyewole, has charged the Society for Grassland Research and Development in Nigeria (SOGREDEN), to play a vital role in resolving the rustling activities that were causing disaffection among traditional herdsmen and indigenous crop farmers in the country.
He made the call during the maiden, biennial conference of the society, tagged: “Towards a Sustainable Utilisation of Forage and Grassland Resources for Improved Livestock Production in Nigeria”.
Oyewole urged members of the society to come up with modalities that would make government policies adequate to resolve the recurring clashes between herdsmen and indigenous crop farmers that have led to the loss of lives and wanton destruction of property.
Professor Oyewole, who is also the President, Association of African Universities (AAU), therefore, appealed to the federal and state governments, as well as members of the society, to support cutting edge research, in a bid to putting an end to the problem.
He also declared that SOGREDEN had a great role to play in the provision and management of forage resources for the large population of livestock in Nigeria.