MIYETTI Allah Cattle Breeders
Association of Nigeria,
MACBAN, the umbrella body of
Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, said
cattle breeders have designated
grazing reserves in the 19
northern states and some states
in the south.
MACBAN also stated that
its members have embraced
grazing reserves, saying they are
not yet ready for ranches.
The Chairman, Kaduna State
branch of the association, Haruna
Usman Tugga, disclosed these
while addressing journalists in
Kaduna State, at the weekend,
on the recent attack on their
member in Southern Kaduna.
Tugga said cattle breeders have
designated grazing reserves
in the 19 northern states and
some states in the south, urging
government to gazette herdsmen
with grazing reserves.
He added that grazing would
end herdsmen/farmers clash.
“For now our candid opinion
is that we are not yet ready for
ranches, but we are ready for
grazing reserves. We are not
asking for additional land from
farmers, these areas have been
identified and designated, some
of them even surveyed.
“All we are saying is that the
state government should be
courageous enough to gazette
these reserves and allow our
people to settle in it”, he said.
According to him, while their
members are in the reserve, they
could later on be turned into
ranches, arguing that ranches are
capital intensive.
He noted that starting with
ranches would absolutely be
difficult since not every cattle
breeder would be able to afford
Tugga said even in developed
nations where ranches are
widely practiced, it started with
grazing reserves.
The MACBAN chairman also
noted that farmers, particularly
in Southern Kaduna have been
made to believe that grazing
reserves is aimed at confiscating
their land, describing the notion
as deceptive.
“We have about 14 designed
grazing reserves in Kaduna
State and two funder ban, those
reserves have been there. They
are government’s property, those
going there are encroaching,
there even in Pambegwua area.’’
Tugga told journalists that the
victim, Abubakar Muhammed,
was migrating from Nasarawa
State to Laduga in Kachia
area of Kaduna State when
he was attacked. He appealed
to government to bring the
perpetrators to book.