Nasarawa State Government says it has begun the process of recovering all designated grazing reserves that have been encroached upon across the state.
State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura said this was to tackle the incessant clashes between farmers and herders which he blamed on the encroachment on grazing reserves across the state.
He noted that the state had seven grazing reserves, two of which located in Awe and Keana had been gazetted, a move that had helped ease clashes between farmers and herdsmen in recent years.
“These are expanse of land covering tens of kilometres, that if left for activities of herders, all the pressure will not have overwhelmed the available land for farming. So, I have directed the Ministry of Agriculture to give me the detail maps and planned area for grazing reserves. We will work towards recovering the grazing reserves as first step towards finding a lasting solution to the lingering crisis,” Al-Makura told an expanded state Security Council meeting on Monday in Lafia.
He lamented the loss of over 700 kilometres of grazing route of about 30 metres wide which ran through the state to encroachment by settlers, farmers and estate developers.
He announced plans by the state government to take stock of the grazing reserves to ensure the removal of farms, structures and settlements encroaching on them to make land available for farming and grazing.