The Sokoto State Commissioner of Animal Health and Fisheries Development, Professor Abdulkadir Usman Jumaidu, said government has reiterates more commitments to secure all grazing reserves, watering points and stocks routes across the State.
Professor Junaidu stated this at an event said the programme is to ensure access of livestock from and outside the State without hinderance along the international routes.“work has already commence with Ruwa Wuri, Tangaza and Sokoto axis, the Tangaza-Sokoto axis is about to be completed, while that of Ruwa Wuri-Katalla axis is in progress which is the first phase of the programme to prevent encroachments of people in to the reserves“. The Commissioner said.
He added that the State has set aside 400 kilometers for the stock routes to prevent conflicts between farmers and pastoralists for sustainable economic development.” A variety of seeds will also be planted at the grazing reserves to provide adequate and nutrition feeds for livestock farmers and pastoralists for sustainable peace among the two parties“, he said.
Professor Junaidu said Earth Dams, watering points were constructed in some of the grazing reserves.
He also said that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has directed the Ministry to capture other grazing reserves and additional feeds in the 2020 budget. This is in line with commitments of the State to partake in National livestock Transformation program.
The commissioner also revealed that arrangement have been finalised to commence artificial insemination for cattle with imported breed in the state, adding that it would boost meat production and economic activities in the State.
The Vice Chairman of Tangaza Local Government, Mr. Ibrahim Lawal, said the council received different petitions over the demarcation, but with this programme the problem has become history.
Chairman Miyatti Allah Tangaza, Mr. Ladan Rugga, promised to compliment the State government efforts towards bringing an end to conflicts between them and farmers.
He assured the Commissioner that they would continue to cooperate with government policies and programmes to assist in achieving food sufficiency in the State.