FG to demarcate cattle routes nationwide

FULANI HERDSMEN MOVING THEIR CATTLES

Presidency says it will demarcate the 6,000 cattle routes across the country before the end of this year.

National coordinator of grazing stock routes in the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development, Mahmud Bello, who made this known, says primary cattle routes being used frequently will first be opened and then be developed.

After this, state and local governments are expected to open the secondary routes.

Bello said: “We are going to provide 6,000 kilometres of cattle routes across the country; we are going to open the primary routes first, while the state and local governments are expected to launch the secondary routes.

“By the time we identify the primary stock routes, being frequently used, we will develop them.

“All the same, all the states may not have an equal share of the routes; Bauchi may have 200 kilometres and Plateau may have 50 kilometres but we are going to spread it.”

The planned demarcation will prevent people, particularly farmers from encroaching into the stock routes, grazing areas or selling of land gazetted since 1962.

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