FG inaugurates inter-ministerial c’ttee on grazing reserves
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.