Defence minister canvasses for reopening of cattle grazing routes

Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, has canvassed for the re-opening of grazing routes for cattle nationwide, to reduce the farmers/herdsmen clashes.

He also called for the suspension of the anti-grazing laws enacted by some states including Ekiti, Benue and Taraba.

The minister made the call at a meeting of the national Security Council, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.

He also called for the establishment of a joint military task force to provide adequate security in Zamfara State and Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna State, which have become a killing field in the past months.

Last week, Agricultural and Rural Development Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh, announced plans to re-open the existing cattle grazing reserves nationwide within the next one week.

The minister explained that at the end of the first republic, 415 grazing reserves were gazetted nationwide, including south west and south east regions.

Over a period of years, the minister said the 415 gazetted grazing reserves had been encroached upon, leaving three million hectare of land still available for grazing

in the past, moves by government to re-open the grazing reserves and the proposed cattle colony projects had been opposed by most of the state governments in the south geo-political zones.

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