Wednesday, February 10, 2021

North’s governors declare open grazing outdated

 The days of open grazing by herdsmen are now numbered.Governors in the North on Tuesday described open grazing by herdsmen as obsolete. It should end, they declared.

The Nation

This decision was the outcome of, a meeting of Northern Nigeria Governors Forum, held virtually.

The decision is in line with the position of Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who said herders should embrace ranching and stop herding their cows from the North to the South is search of pasture.

The Senate has warned that should the farmers-herders conflict be allowed to fester, it could lead to ethno-religious war and famine.

The North’s governors, according to the meeting communiqué issued by its chairman, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, have decided to sensitise herdsmen on the need to adopt ranching and other acceptable modern methods.

They said the current system of herding conducted mainly through open grazing is no longer sustainable in view of growing urbanication and population of the country.

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