Bayelsa govt denies allocating land for cattle colony

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Apparently disturbed by the controversies trailing the ownership and
management of its palm company, the Bayelsa State Government has denied the claims that it has allocated over 250 hectares for the Federal Government’s proposed colony for Fulani herdsmen.

Admitting that it concessioned about 250 hectares of land owned by its palm company to a private firm for an Integrated Cattle Farming Resort and
cropping, the government said that the land was not allocated for Fulani Herdsmen.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr.
Doodie Week, made the clarification on Wednesday during the inter-Ministerial
press briefing presentation to mark the 6th anniversary of the Governor Seriake Dickson administration in the state.

“No herder has applied, and we have no plans to give it out to herdsmen, it’s a ranch and not a cattle farm. It’s state owned and as we speak every month we received draft paid to the state government account”, he said.

According to the commissioner,  “In 2016,the state government subscribed to the concession of state assets. Bayelsa Palm company was concessioned to a
private company. It was concessioned because it was serving as a conduit pipe. Instead of bringing fund to the State government it was bringing debts.

“As it is, the state is not giving grants but is now receiving drafts as revenue. And Bayelsa Palm is not a colony but a ranch resort and not integrated cattle farms. Moving forward we will engage in breeding. We told them we don’t want roaming of cows on the streets of Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.  if you are for us, you will stay in the ranch. The Bayelsa Palm is not a Fulani herdsmen colony but a holding area for cattle.

“Bayelsa Palm is hundred percent cent owned by the State Government
and used as a Ranch resort. it is the day to day aspect that was concessioned out to a company. ”

On the achievements of the Bayelsa Government in the Agricultural sector, the Commissioner said the last six years of the Governor Dickson administration have led to the building of capacity among youths, women and farmers in the state in partnership with intervention agencies such as the SEEFOR and the Federal Government N. Power programme with over 363 persons as beneficiaries.

Week also noted that Bayelsa, under the restoration administration, has been able to acquire hectares of land for upland fish production under the aquaculture projects, the caravan industrial production and the 15,000 layer capacity poultry farm located at Ebedebiri community in Sagbama local government area.

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