Niger to Gazette All Its Graz­ing Re­serves

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - Lal­eye Dipo

Niger State Gov­ern­ment said it will soon gazette all its graz­ing re­serves to le­galise their ex­is­tence.

The state is said to have at least 22 graz­ing re­serves out of which only two were gazetted.

The Com­mis­sioner for Live­stock and Fish­eries De­vel­op­ment, Al­haji Zakari Bawa who dis­closed this while briefing news­men in Minna Fri­day said the ex­er­cise would stop en­croach­ment on the lands and to a large ex­tent re­duce the in­ci­dence of farm­ers herders clashes.

Al­haji Zakari Bala giv­ing de­tails about the multi-bil­lion naira in­vest­ment in the 30 hectare graz­ing re­serve at Bobi in the Mariga lo­cal gov­ern­ment of the state said the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had the high­est fi­nan­cial in­put adding that the Niger State Gov­ern­ment had ap­proved N198m for the pro­vi­sion of in­fra­struc­ture in the re­serve out of which N51m had been re­leased.

“The Niger State Gov­ern­ment has also keyed into the ranch­ing pro­gramme of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in an ef­fort to en­cour­age the set­tle­ment of pas­toral­ists to re­duce the fre­quent farm­ers herds­men clashes,” he de­clared.

Zakari Bawa also dis­closed that the state un­der the United Nations De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP ) in­ter­ven­tion had pro­cured two so­lar pow­ered in­cu­ba­tors with ca­pac­ity of 15,000 eggs which had been in­stalled at the Bosso poul­try.

“The in­ter­ven­tion will en­sure ef­fec­tive use of the hatch­ery in line with cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion’s drive to gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment par­tic­u­larly for the youths in the state.”

The com­mis­sioner de­cried the man­ner in which farm­ers were fish­ing in the state which he de­scribed as “un­ac­cept­able” be­cause they were us­ing dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals to har­vest fish which was not only dan­ger­ous for hu­man con­sump­tion but pol­lutes the en­tire wa­ter.

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