FG in­au­gu­rates in­ter-min­is­te­rial c’ttee on graz­ing re­serves

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Vin­cent A. Yusuf

To re­duce fre­quent herders and farm­ers’ clashes, the federal govern­ment has set up com­mit­tee on the es­tab­lish­ment and ef­fec­tive man­age­ment of graz­ing re­serves and stock routes.

In­au­gu­rat­ing the in­ter-min­is­te­rial tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee in Abuja at the weekend, Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture Dr. Ak­in­wumi Adesina said the com­mit­tee will work out modal­i­ties for map­ping and re­sus­ci­tat­ing the 415 ex­ist­ing graz­ing re­serves and stock routes across the coun­try.

Mem­bers of the com­mit­tee in­clude the min­is­ters of Agri­cul­ture, En­vi­ron­ment, Works, In­te­rior, Wa­ter Re­sources, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy as well as Na­tional Plan­ning.

It is headed by the agri­cul­ture min­is­ter, with com­mis­sion­ers of agri­cul­ture of all the 19 states of North­Cen­tral, North-East and North-West geo-Po­lit­i­cal Zones and ad­join­ing states as mem­bers.

In his open­ing ad­dress, Dr. Adesina listed some ma­jor un­der­ly­ing fac­tors height­en­ing herder-farmer clashes in­clud­ing high pop­u­la­tion growth, which calls for the need for more farm­lands and in­creased num­ber of live­stock (19 mil­lion cows, 45 mil­lion sheep and 35 mil­lion goats) with the need to feed them on ever shrink­ing graz­ers leading to in­cur­sions into farm­lands by herders.

He lamented that only 141 of the 415 graz­ing re­serves in the coun­try were gazetted adding that the graz­ing re­serves were un­der­uti­lized and en­croached upon by crop framers across the coun­try.

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