Some opinion leaders in Enugu State want the Federal Government to drop its plan of establishing cattle colonies as it will amount to creating communities within communities.
They made the call while reacting to the plan by the Federal Government to establish cattle colonies in the country.
A former Commissioner for Education in the old Anambra State, Chief Nduka Eya maintained that the cattle rearing was a private business, which government should not hijack people’s land to support.
A former Chairman Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Chima Obieze, explained that the attempt would lead to cultural conflicts between herders and host communities.
Mr. Obieze urged leaders to embrace ranching.
The Chairman Trade Union Congress Enugu State, Comrade Chukwuma Igbokwe, described the move as unhealthy.
The respondents said that the Federal Government should rather give financial and logistic support to herdsmen to establish ranches.