FG set to transform grazing reserves to ranches in seven states

FG set to transform grazing reserves to ranches in seven states

- The implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) is set to commence

- The first stage for the plan is the remodelling of grazing reserves to ranches

- The selected grazing reserves for remodelling are seven states categorised as frontline states

The federal government is set to commence the remodelling of grazing reserves to ranches for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) in seven states.

This was disclosed by the executive secretary of the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), Professor Bashir Usman.

ThisDay reports that Professor Usman made the statement on Tuesday, December 3 in Zaria, Kaduna state, at the opening of a three-day workshop on the remodelling of grazing reserves into ranches.

He listed the selected grazing reserves for remodelling as those in Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Kaduna and Zamfara states, which he noted are categorised as frontline states.

According to him, the grazing reserves have already been carved out, demarcated and gazetted.

He said currently, there were 416 grazing reserves spread across the six geo-political zones of the country with a total of 3.4 million hectares of land out of which 141 are gazetted while 275 are yet to be gazetted.

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“As you may be aware, the main idea of developing the grazing reserves into ranches is to provide state-of-the-art grazing resources for livestock herders in the country with a view to curtailing the unending farmer-herder conflicts that are threatening the existence of Nigeria as a nation.

“These conflicts have remained unabated and heightened of recent,” Usman represented by Alhaji Mohammed El- Nafaty said.

Recall that the federal government had on Saturday, October 26 said it would establish Fulani settlements in order to settle the herdsmen in one place to eliminate herders/farmers' clashes across the country.

Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono said that the measure would also help to improve the business and economic life of the herders.

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