‘Grazing reserves will not solve farmers/ herders clash’
The establishment of grazing reserves and routes across the country is counterproductive and doesn’t reflect the modern practices in animal husbandry, the Tiv Professionals Association (TPA), Lagos State chapter, has said.
Rising from its monthly meeting held in Lagos at the weekend, the group faulted the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for preferring grazing reserves to ranches, which according to it is the most economic and sustainable model globally.
The minister had on Friday inaugurated a technical committee on grazing reserves in Nigeria. According to the minister, the committee would work out modalities for establishing additional grazing reserves across the country to forestall future clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
But TPA said grazing reserves won’t solve the perennial herderfamer crisis across Nigeria but would exacerbate it as there would be recurring conflicts from time to time.
In the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the president, Dr. Bem Vangerwua, the group condemned the call for the establishment of grazing routes/reserves across country as a solution to the herderfarmer crisis.
“This solution is archaic, unsustainable and must be discountenanced. The best solution, and the modern/civilized solution, is for herders to acquire land and build ranches for their cattle. This is more practical and more economically viable for animal husbandry as the animals would have more access to quality care. This would make them yield better and the keepers would have better access to facilities. Good news is that with technology and robust irrigation, ranches can thrive anywhere in Nigeria, even in the desert north,” the group said.