The Governor of Kebbi state, Atiku Bagudu, has said that the mapping out of grazing routes would help a long way in solving the farmers-herders crisis in Nigeria. ayokinews.com reports
It should be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier appointed a committee to have a review of the 368 grazing roots in 25 states in the country as a means of identifying encroachments.
Governor Bagudu while speaking during an interview on Channels TV stated that President Buhari’s directive doesn’t include any idea of setting up ranching systems in the country.
In his words, “The committee is to identify grazing routes and work with states and map them. It is not to recover grazing routes, it is to identify the scale of the problem.
“Mr. President is interested in an audit of grazing reserves. It is a voluntary and collaborative thing with the states.
“People say we have spoken about ranching. Yes, but what is a ranch? Ranching does not take place in the air, it takes place on a piece of land.
“Ranches are as big as grazing reserves. In some countries like Australia, some ranches are bigger than some Nigerian states.
“So how do you know what’s available, what can be supported to host those roving, herding communities who need help to modernize?”