The Niger State government says it will revive and expand the 30,000-hectare Bobi Grazing Reserve in Oro village of Mariga Local Government Area.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello, Jibrin Ndache, the state government said the move was part of measures by the Federal Government towards tackling persistent farmer-herder clashes.
The Governor stated that a committee had been set up to liaise with the herdsmen on operations of the grazing reserve.
“An assessment of existing facilities and structures at the reserve would be done in order to renovate them as well as an expansion of the fields to cater for a minimum of one million ruminant animals, schools would also be revived for the education of the herdsmen,” he said
He said that the Niger State Government would enforce a cattle tax system to ensure security and detect criminals.
He cautioned farmers against encroachment into the gazetted reserve for farming to forestall conflicts with the herders.
The Officer in Charge of Bobi Grazing Reserve, Mr David Sado lamented the neglect of the reserve by successive administrations in the state.
He said that the reserve which occupied a landmass of 30,000 hectares and divided into seven blocks, had 700 households, six earth dams, a solar-powered and motorised boreholes and five pasture blocks.
The grazing reserve which was established 50 years ago, was handed over to the state government in 2006.