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FG insists, says no going back on grazing routes recovery
Regardless of the irresistible shouting towards the proposal to retrace and recover grazing routes throughout the nation, the Federal Government (FG) is not exhibiting signs of relenting.
Based on findings by Saturday PUNCH, indicated that stock routes, popularly referred to as grazing routes, are at present being retraced and recovered by the FG for Herdsmen to feed their cattle.
The Government at the center stated this was said to deal with the conflicts between farmers and Herders.
Though among the passages are understood to have been overstepped upon resulting from human movements, PUNCH discovered that the federal government had launched into a means of figuring out monuments along the routes in an effort to get them back as locations for cattle grazing.
Contrary to the intentions of many Nigerians notably in the South that the grazing routes retracing and eventual restoration won’t see the light of day, officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development informed one of the PUNCH journalists on Friday that the routes’ rehabilitation would continue.
They, nevertheless, mentioned it will be executed primarily in non-conflict zones.
In addition, they acknowledged that routes that had been interfered upon because of the event of public infrastructure are likely to be overlooked in the recovery exercise.
The appearing Director, Animal Husbandry Division, FMARD, Winnie Lai-Solarin, acknowledged that whereas cattle ranching had been one of many main options canvassed for herdsmen, not every pastoralist would have the ability to afford ranching in the meantime.