Government Is Now Ready To Check Herdsmen Movement
It seems time has finally come to check the killings that activities of arms-carrying herdsmen within Nigeria and clashes between them and farmers have resulted in.
Cattle have grazed down farm lands, causing food insecurity scares while the herdsmen attack settlements mostly occupied by farmers who make attempts to prevent them from grazing on their farms.
Several calls have been made, most of them requesting that the government should set up a grazing area or revive already existing reserves, but that did not happen, as more attacks occurred.
On Friday, however, the Federal Government seemed to rise to the task to end the killings, as it announced that it would improve the over 415 grazing reserves across the country to minimise the high rate of pastoral migration.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural development, Mr Audu Ogbeh, announced the plan while inspecting the Farin Ruwa earth dam in Bagudo Local Government Area in Kebbi State.
The minister was represented by a top official in the ministry, Salihu Ahmed.
“Plans are under way to improve the over 415 grazing reserves nationwide.
“It was realised that some of the reasons for the pastoralists massive movements was as a result of global warming that results in desert encroachment, which has dried up grazing reserves and crops,” he said.
The National President of Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Muhammadu Kiruwa, commended the Federal Government for constructing two earth dams in Bagudo and Zuru local government areas.
“We have two ponds for the large number of cattle breeders and the ongoing massive dry season farming which requires water for irrigation,” he said.
He asked the pastoralists to make judicious use of the earth dams and ensure regular maintenance.
“I also urge you to plant trees and nurture them as they assist cattle rearing sustenance,” Kiruwa said.
The Director, Range Management of the state Ministry of Animal, Health and Husbandry, Mr Ayidele Galadima, said the state would construct special animal hospitals for insemination of different species to boost agriculture and rearing animals.