Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has declared that the state will not give out any of its land to the Federal Government for the proposed cattle ranches.
The governor told Punch that the state had already established a ranch in Oloba community.
Aregbesola added that the Federal Government was free to key into the project.
The governor, speaking through his Media Aide, Sola Fasure, said plans were ongoing to build ranches in each of the three senatorial districts in the state by the state government.
He said, “Osun has its own ranch in Oloba, Iwo and there is a programme to set up ranches in the three senatorial districts in the state.
“The Oloba cattle ranch is already functioning by providing cattle ranching and ram-fattening services.
“Plans are in advanced stages to bring the high yielding Boran cattle to Oloba for breeding and crossbreeding with our local breeds .
“All these have been going on since 2012 as part of the agriculture development programme of the Aregbesola administration and precede the herdsmen / farmers brouhaha.
“If the Federal Government wants to buy into this, it is welcome. The state, however, is not ceding an inch of its land for any other purpose.”