Ita Enang, aide of President Muhammadu Buhari on national assembly matters, says N2.2 billion has already been earmarked in the 2019 budget for the implementation of Ruga programme.
The federal government had announced a suspension of the programme for its lack of consistency with the approved national livestock transformation plan.
But speaking with students of the law school in Abuja from Akwa Ibom, Enang explained that Ruga, which is an acronym for rural grazing area (RUGA), was aimed to reserve grazing land to avoid the destruction of farm produce by cattle.
Enang explained that the sum of N2.258 billion was provided for the grazing programme, under the ministry of agricultural and rural development scheme.
He added that besides funds provided for the programme, the sum of N300 million was also budgeted for water sanitation; N400 million for development of sweet potatoes and N350 million for ginger farming.
Enang said the objective of the programme is to promote cattle breeding and meat production.