Katsina government recovers 32,672 animals from rustlers


Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina on Monday says the dialogue method adopted by the state government between herders and farmers had resulted in the recovery of over 32,672 animals from 2015 to date.

Masari said that the intervention had also resulted in the demarcation of over 829.8 kilometres of cattle routes across the state.

He made the disclosure while speaking as at a function in Shika, Zaria, Kaduna State,North –West, Nigeria.

Masari said following perennial farmers/herdsmen clashes resulting in loss of lives and property, Katsina State Government established a standing committee on cooperation between farmers and herders.

This according to him, is to curb the ugly menace of frequent clashes, if not completely eradicate it.

Masari said the committee was chaired by a retired management specialist with members drawn from the Ministries of Agriculture, Local Government, Information and Justice and others.

Masari said the state government had also established a Dialogue and Amnesty Committee under the chairmanship of the Secretary to the State Government with members drawn from the Army, Police, DSS and Civil Defence.

He said the state government had holistically adopted measures to address the twin problem of encroachment by farmers on stock and cattle routes and grazing reserves, as well as encroachment on farmlands by herders.

Masari added that to further ensure smooth and peaceful environment for both farmers and herders, the state government initiated a bilateral collaboration with neigbouring Niger Republic.

The governor observed that the introduction of Animal Identification and Management Solution (AIMS) in 2016 by the state government had reduced the persistent incidences of cattle rustling across the state.