My bill will end farm­ers, herders clashes - Kwankwaso

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

A for­mer gov­er­nor of Kano State, Sen­a­tor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (APC, Kano Cen­tral), has ex­pressed op­ti­mism that his bill on the es­tab­lish­ment of graz­ing agency would end clashes be­tween herders and farm­ers in the coun­try.

The Graz­ing Ar­eas Man­age­ment Agency (es­tab­lish­ment) Bill 2016 passed through first read­ing three weeks ago.

Kwankwaso in an ex­plana­tory me­moran­dum on the bill ob­tained by our cor­re­spon­dent said it would also boost farm­ers’ ca­pac­ity to have in­creased food pro­duc­tion and safe rear­ing of animals.

“This bill seeks to es­tab­lish Graz­ing Ar­eas Man­age­ment Agency to man­age de­mar­cated na­tional, state and lo­cal graz­ing ar­eas, routes and live­stock ranch­ing re­serves in states that re­quire it, which will fa­cil­i­tate peace­ful co­ex­is­tence be­tween no­madic pas­toral­ists and agri­cul­tur­al­ists, thereby en­hanc­ing farmer’s ca­pac­ity to have in­creased food pro­duc­tion and safe rear­ing of animals,” he said.

He said the bill fur­ther seeks to cre­ate a mech­a­nism for pre­ven­tion of cri­sis by set­ting stand­ing me­di­a­tion com­mit­tees in states and lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas where the graz­ing ar­eas, routes and ranches are lo­cated and sad­dled with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of me­di­a­tion be­tween the par­ties. The bill, our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered, would be listed for sec­ond read­ing at end of the on­go­ing re­cess of the law­mak­ers.

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