Olaleye Dipo in Minna
In a renewed effort to check incessant clashes between nomads and farmers across the country, 10 state governments have allocated land for grazing of cattle to Fulani herdsmen.
Niger State which is among the states, reserved 30,000 hectares of land in Bibi town in Maria Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who made this known when he received the national leadership of the Mayetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association led by its President, Alhaji Mohammed Kiruwa, said government was still searching for land in other local government areas to be used as grazing reserves by herdsmen.
Bello who decried the frequent clashes between farmers and nomads, expressed the hope that the gesture would bring to an end such ugly incidents.
The governor who said the grazing reserve in Bibi town was capable of accommodating all the cattle in the state, added that government would establish a veterinary clinic in the grazing reserve, promising that the necessary drugs and manpower would also be provided.
Responding, the National President of MACBA, Kiruwa, said the association was working towards ending the incidents of cattle rustling through a collaboration with stakeholders in the cattle business.
He said the association was already collaborating with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and cattle traders to identify the real herders as a way of curtailing the rising cases of cattle rustling.