Adamawa Government on Sunday announced that it has gazettes 30 Grazing reserves and registered over 1.5 million Cattle heard in the state.
Dr. Isa Salihu, state Commissioner for Livestock Development made this known in an interview with TGnews
Salihu said that the development was in line with the Federal Government effort to establish grazing reserves in the interested states.
“We have 72 grazing reserves in the state, out of which 30 are already gazetted.
“5,000 hectares of piece of land was allocated to Federal Government for the establishment of National Grazing reserves.
“And the state government is willing to allocate more additional lands for the programme.” Salihu said.
The commissioner told Tgnews reporter that recently; the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development visited the state where he interacts with various Livestock stakeholders.
He explained that the establishment of grazing reserves and ranches would significantly solve the lingering conflicts between the two neighbours , farmers and herders.
He regretted that for quite long time livestock departments from Federal, state and Local government levels in the country were totally neglected.
“Long time negligent of Livestock sectors was the cause of frequent conflicts between farmers and cattle rearers now we are experiencing in the country.
“The only solution to the problem is the establishment of permanent grazing reserves and ranches where the Animals would be restricted from roaming.” He said.
He observed that with the recent development, Adamawa which it leading in cattle production in the country, would advance to diversify it’s internally revenue generation toward meat, Milk, Chess butter, hide and skin production.
He confirmed that the state government has already doubled it 2016 livestock budgetary allocation by 200 per cent.