Federal Government unveils plan for recovery of grazing routes.

Written by on August 29, 2021

Following the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari for the reclamation of grazing routes in states across the country, the senior officials in the Presidency and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have given a hint as to how they will go about the assignment.

Buhari’s directive on the reclamation of grazing routes has met with widespread pushback, especially in the southern part of the country, where the 17 southern governors have declared their resolve on promulgating anti-open grazing laws, as a panacea for the incessant farmers/herders clashes.

The Federal Government said tracing and reclaiming the grazing routes was the only way to put an end to the incessant clashes between nomadic herdsmen and farmers across the country and it was moving ahead with the plan.

Senior government officials in the Presidency and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development told newsmen that the grazing routes were classified into primary, secondary and tertiary and the retracing process would take cognisance of these.

It was also learnt that some federal structures were already constructed on grazing routes, with a tertiary institution in the Federal Capital Territory named as one of such structures.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that several programmes had been developed by the Federal Government towards the exercise, while some were currently ongoing in various states to address the conflict occasioned by the movement of pastoralists from one location to another.

It was further gathered that the Federal Government was supporting Yobe and Katsina states in the development of grazing reserves, as Bauchi and Kwara had indicated interest.

Credit: Punch

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