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Data, statistics can solve farmers-herdsmen crisis –Don

A professor of Mathematics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Samuel Okoya, has urged the Federal Government to use data and statistics to solve the farmers-herdsmen crisis in some parts of the country.

Okoya, according to a statement, said this while delivering a paper titled, ‘Helping Students Understand Mathematics for a Better World,’ at the 2021 International Day of Mathematics celebration organised by the Department of Physical Sciences, Landmark University, Omu-aran, Kwara State.

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He noted that data and statistics from indigenous activities can be used to track meat consumption, cattle rearing traffic identification and migration.

“Nigeria must demonstrate commitment to take records of the influx of herdsmen to specific states by registering each livestock and assigning them with a programmed wrist band/Radio Frequency Identification record navigation while using Geographic Information System.

“This will help to locate all cattles and their breeders anytime. Weather forecasts will enhance the grazing planning and prevent events of tragic flooding,” Okoya said.

He also canvassed the registration of farmers with their landmass in specific states.

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