From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has donated 44 motor vehicles to extension workers in the state.
The Managing Director, Kano Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (KNARDA), Ibrahim Suleman Dan’isle disclosed this at the inauguration of Kano State Stock Routes Committee, donation of motorcycles to extension workers and launch of 2020/2021 Dry Season Rice Production Input, held in Kano over the weekend.
He said the vehicles were donated to extension workers across the 44 Local Government Councils of the state, which would be used to ease movement and enhance agricultural derive in the state.
The MD also disclosed that Governor Ganduje has also approved the employment of 789 extension workers across the state, adding that the employment was part of the governor’s resolve to boost agriculture in the state.
In his part, Governor Ganduje, while inaugurating Stock Routes Demarcation Committee at the occasion, said the committee was further consolidate on the farmers/herders peaceful relationship in the state.
According to him, the Stock Routes Demarcation Committee was formed with a view strengthening the RUGA project, established by his administration to check farmers/herders disputes.
“If you look at history, in those days there was no rift between farmers and herdsmen. That was when farmers could invite herders to come to their farmlands and get food for their cttle. When in return, farmers would get fertiliser for their farms from the visiting cattle.”
“But two things were responsible for change in the narrative, climate change, that affected some West African countries including Nigeria, that is why herders come to Nigeria in thousands. Sometime they cut economic trees for their animals to get food,” he said.
The other issue responsible for the change in narrative, according to Ganduje, is the population growth, which compelled people to begin encroaching into the demarcated routes for cattle, noting that “with these two issues, the narrative changed.”
To do away with such hiccups, the governor said, the state government decided to establish RUGA Settlement at Dan Soshiya forest in Kiru local government, adding that, “We now see reason behind coming up with Stock Routes Committee that I am inaugurating today.”
Ganduje added that, he wanted to change the pattern of cattle herders from socio-cultural to socio-economic, which informed the decision of the state government to send 75 Fulani youth to Turkey and learned artificial insemination.
The Stock Routes Committee was given Terms of Reference as, to supervise local government areas where such routes could be situated, to mobilize relevant stakeholders for the project, to assist KNARDA on how to identify potential routes, to improve community participation, and to give security support and conflict mitigation, among others.
Committee membership was drawn from government side, security agencies, traditional institutions, farmers groups, herders groups and Fulani associations.
“Managing Director of KNARDA is the Chairman of the committee, there are representatives of the Ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Justice, Environment, Local Governments, Land, representatives of the Commissioner of Police, Director of the Department of Special Services, NSCDC, representatives of the 5 Emirates, Chairman of FULDAN and Miyetti Allah.”