- The Federal Government has set aside 30 grazing reserves for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).
- The government stated that the move was to solve the protracted conflict over competition of land, water and pasture by herders and farmers.
In a bid to put an end to the lingering crisis between herders and farmers in the country, the Federal Government has mapped out 30 grazing reserves for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).
The latest development was made known by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Dr Andrew Kwasari, on Thursday.
While speaking on the move by the government to solve the protracted conflict over competition of land, water and pasture by herders and farmers, Kwasari stated that the NLTP is cardinal under the Green Initiative project, because it is a sure way to permanently settle the lingering crisis.
“The National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP, is a sure way in solving permanently the issue of the farmer-herder conflict; the real farmers and herders that have conflict, and mark my words, real farmers and real herders that are in crisis today is triggered for resources of land, water and pasture.
“The 19 Northern States have grazing reserves. So far we have mapped out over 30 grazing reserves and on paper we have over 400 grazing reserves. So the northern governors have to be committed in working with the federal government, federal ministry of agriculture and rural development, supervision with the NEC, to make sure that wherever those grazing reserves are found that we able to convert them into lush green models specifically for pastoralists and the pastoralists will not migrate anymore. The land is there, we don’t need to look for land anywhere.
“The traditional rulers we consulted, like the Gbom-Gbom Jos, clearly advised, and said the low hanging fruit for federal and state governments is we make sure we settle pastoralists in gazette grazing reserves.
“This takes away any notion of land grabbing or taking land from communities and giving to pastoralists because we are in volatile situation, hate speech and all of that,” Kwasari said.
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