By Peter Duru
MAKURDIâ€”Bothered by the incessant conflicts between Fulani herdsmen and Tiv farmers, the Benue State government and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources have set in motion a process to put an end to the perennial conflict that has claimed several lives in the past.
The new measure which will take effect next farming season will involve the creation of grazing routes for the herdsmen and their cattle in parts of the state within which the cattle would be confined.
This hint was dropped by the Project Manager, National Livestock Project Division (NLPD), AlhajiÂ Abu Ahmed at a stakeholders meeting held with Fulani herdsmen, farmers, paramount rulers, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and other stakeholders in Makurdi.
The NLPD Manager noted that the meeting was primarily to sensitize the people, especially farmers and herdsmen, through their paramount rulers, on the new stock routes development in the state.
Represented by his deputy Mr. Patrick Boga, the NLPD boss disclosed that the Department of Livestock, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, has already carried out studies of primary Stock Routes of Nigeria within the three geo-political zones in the North East, North West, and North Central with a view to determining the movement of pastoralists along the existing stock routes during rainy and dry seasons.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Shaapera Naako lauded the development and initiative between the Benue State Government and the NLPD which is geared towards stemming the tide of violence that persistently erupts between herdsmen and farmers in the state.