Niger State Allocates Grazing Land To Herdsmen

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello

The Niger state government has allocated land for grazing of cattle to Fulani herdsmen. The government disclosed it has reserved 30,000 hectares of land in Bibi town in Maria Local Government Area of the state.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello made the disclosure when he received the national leadership of the Mayetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBA).

Governor Bello said the government was still searching for land in other local government areas to be used as grazing reserves by herdsmen.

Bello decried the frequent clashes between farmers and nomads, and expressed hope that the decision would bring an end to the clashes.
Bello said the grazing reserve in Bibi town was capable of accommodating all the cattle in the state.
He added that a veterinary clinic would be established in the grazing reserve, and promised that the necessary drugs and manpower would be provided.

The National President of MACBA, Alhaji Mohammed 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.

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