Katsina gov’t ready for ranching, RUGA initiative – Official
The Special Adviser to Governor Masari on Livestock and Grazing Reserves, Dr Usman Lawal Bagiwa, expressed their readiness to key into the RUGA settlement programme but still awaiting the federal committee’s move from the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Dr Bagiwa said this when he spoke with newsmen in Katsina.
He said, “Though the state was fully prepared for the progrmme, there was the need for people to understand the complexities of the RUGA system, which he said had many approaches.
“First and foremost, before you settle the Fulani, you have to establish a pasture they will use as their grazing area, as well as small farmlands for cultivation of their crops, without which you cannot ask them to stay in one place.”
He also noted that other support services, such as veterinary clinics, human clinics, schools, and even a small market area needed to be provided.
“There must also be reliable stock routes, along which you also need other things like water points, such as small earth dams, boreholes for human consumption, as well as some resting places for the pastoralists,” he said.
Dr Bagiwa also expressed the need for the provision of adequate security to ensure that there is no cattle rustling, clashes between farmers and herders, as well as kidnapping.