Don Chides FG On Planned Grass Importation

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A university lecturer, Dr Steve Wordu, has expressed reservations over moves by the federal government to import grass from Brazil for the grazing of cattle in the northern part of the country.

Wordu who is of the sociology department, University of Port Harcourt, while speaking to The Tide in a telephone interview, yesterday, said that such transactions would be paid for in foreign currency.

He reiterated that Nigeria is not lacking in grass as to say we do not have and should import.

Wordu opined that it goes to prove that the present government under President Muhammadu Buhari does not have clear economic policy.

He added that it was clear that the administration has no clear cut approach on how to manage foreign exchange.

“The government does not have any clear policy to manage foreign exchange.

“It will require foreign exchange to import and that foreign exchange would be paid for, so it does not make any economic sense”, he said.

It would be recalled that the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, while justifying the move recently explained it would ensure that cattle produce quality meat and milk for local production and consumption.

Ogbeh who spoke at a town hall meeting in Abuja last June said, “grass is not grass, if the grass does not have good protein, amino acids and other necessary nutrients, it is then not good enough for the cow to eat”.

He, however, debunked rumours that the federal government would revoke land ownership through the establishment of ranches.