Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has said his administration has no plans to enact a law banning open grazing in the state, as grazing areas for cattle ranching have not been developed.
The governor who stated this after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja noted that ranching was the only option to ensure an end to the recurring farmers-herders conflicts, adding that he had earlier warned the governors of Taraba and Benue against the implementation of such laws.
“When the governor of Benue was doing the law, I told him, Just be careful, take other steps before you start implementation. But he said that states are different, that his own concept is different and for us in Plateau, it is different. I said I will not do the law before the implementation of certain things.” he said.
He said the cattle colonies initiative recently approved by the Federal Government would be useful in addressing the conflicts, adding that the state government had approved two large areas to be used for grazing in the state.
In a separate interview, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom noted that ranching was the only viable option to curtailing the conflicts.
“For us, the way forward is ranching and up till this time I am talking to you, the way forward is ranching because it is the global best practice. It is not just the practice in other parts of the world; it is also the practice in African countries like Swaziland, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique, among others; they all engage in cattle ranching,” he stated.
He added that the implementation of the anti-open grazing law had encouraged peaceful co-existence among farmers and herdsmen in the state.