El-Rufai says ‘unimplementable’ anti-grazing law not solution to farmers-herders crisis 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said that the anti-grazing law being passed by some southern states is a futile effort at solving the farmers-herders conflict.

According to the Governor, the states do not have the resources to implement the policy. 

He therefore urged that ranching is a more effective approach towards ending the problem. 

El-Rufai spoke on Tuesday, September 21, after a visit to the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.

He said, “Northern States Governors Forum has already taken a position that open grazing is not a sustainable way of livestock production. And we must move towards ranching.

“But moving towards ranching cannot be done overnight. We have to plan, we have to have resources and we have to implement it sensibly. It is not a matter of populist legislation or saying tomorrow this or that. It is not a solution.

“What is unhelpful is the politicising of the situation and passing legislation that you know that you cannot implement.”

He added that Kaduna State would require at least N114 billion to put together 14 ranches to fully settle herders and their families.

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