The Kano State Government has expressed its readiness to end all forms of herdsmen and farmers conflict in the state.
The government, which expressed deep concern over the encroachment and blockage of cattle stock routes across the state, said such incidents often lead to crisis, leading to severe social, economic and food security challenges.
A statement made available to PlatinumPost on Friday and signed by Ameen Yassar, Project Communication Specialist,
Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project, said the government expressed its resolve to address the issue dispassionately, with a view of finding a sustainable solution.
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The statement said the chairman, Kano State Stock Routes Demarcation Committee, Ibrahim Dan’Isle, stated this during the maiden meeting of the committee in Kano.
“It is regrettable that famers and herdsmen have been engaged in clashes which have caused loss of lives and property. This is as a result of encroachment of the stock routes which serves as local and international passage for the herdsmen to reach water resources, grazing reserves or vaccination points, ” the chairman said.
Dan Isle, who is also the Managing Director, Kano State Agricultural and Rural Development Authority, KNARDA, added that “unfortunately, many of the stock routes across Kano state have been encroached, so, one of our major tasks is to identify them and follow due process to ensure that they are retrieved, as a means of mitigation the recurrent conflicts.
“One of our major priorities now is the setting up of demarcation committees at the local government levels, with representation from the different actors concerned, to avert crisis arising from stock routes usage.
“In this regard, we will leverage on the role of traditional community leaders in dispute resolution as well as public enlightenment.”
Speaking further, he said the committee would also push for a legal framework to protect the stock routes, for lasting peace.
In his remarks, the State Project Coordinator, Kano Agro Pastoral Development Project, KSADP, Ibrahim Muhammad explained that plans have been concluded to hire a consultant to work with the Stock Route Committee for identification, demarcation and gazette for all stock routes in the state.
“The conflict mitigation activity is very strategic towards achieving the development objective of the KSADP. You cannot achieve development in agro pastoralism if there is no peace and stability, ” Muhammad said.
On his part, the committee Secretary, Dr. Garba Saleh said some of the identified reasons for conflict between herdsmen and farmers are destruction of crops, harassment of herdsmen by host community youths, cattle theft, sale of cattle routes by local government authorities, among others.