Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state has suggested ways of ending the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in various parts of the country.
Speaking to journalists in Yola, Nyako said: “One of the ways to avoid such clashes was to ensure that whenever a herd destroys crops, the owner of the herd should pay for the crop destroyed after evaluation by relevant authorities, instead of resorting to violence.”
He also declared support for the federal government’s proposal to create additional grazing reserves.
He said grazing reserves and ranching were in line with standard best practice that ensured maximum benefit to nomads.
Moving around with cattle in search of pasture is old fashion. You have to fence your cattle for security and better returns as obtained in developed countries.
“In USA for instance, this policy was introduced since 1872.”
Nyako, therefore, urged other state governments to ensure the protection of existing grazing reserves in their states against encroachment by fencing them and providing dams or boreholes and other facilities.
He stressed the need for dialogue in resolving the problem between herdsmen and farmers.No tags for this post.