Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Plateau has urged the Federal Government to revive grazing reserves nationwide to sustain livestock production.
The Secretary of the Plateau Branch of the association, Alhaji Adullahi Ardo, who gave the advice while speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of a workshop in Abuja, added that the revival of reserves would ensure peaceful coexistence between farmers and pastoralists.
Ardo further said the persistent clashes between farmers and pastoralists in some states of the federation had made reviving the reserves a necessity.
“What is the Nigerian government doing to see that livestock farmers sustain what they are doing? The land is not expanding but the population is expanding so how do you adjust to what is going on with the current development. Nigerian citizens should understand the situation with the pastoralists”, he said.
“Those existing grazing reserves should be revitalised because we have grazing reserves that have been gazette and farming activities have encroached into it and the livestock industry is just left with the peasant livestock farmer, they cannot determine, this land is mine.’’
Ardo, who expressed regret over the current stigma on pastoralists across the country, advised the members to maintain peaceful co-existence with farmers.
He appealed to the government to provide dams, boreholes for pastoralists in the dryland areas of the country to avoid further crisis.
The secretary said that most pastoralists who were currently causing crisis in the country were foreigners and rustlers from different neighbouring African countries.
He called on agencies saddled with the responsibility of checking illegal migrants to step up actions to reduce their invasion.
Ardo commended the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) Vom, Plateau State for producing vaccines to assist livestock owners to save their animals.