RUGA SETTLEMENT : OUR DEAL WITH FULANI HERDSMEN – SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS

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The South east Governors forum has disclosed its proposed deal with the members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association in view to achieve everlasting peace among farmers and herdsmen in the south east zone.

The Chairman Of The South East Governors Forum, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor , said that there is no plan for Ruga settlement in any part of the South East zone, that instead, they can make very good business deals with the sales of grasses to the herdsmen in exchange for meat.

He also said that the south east zone is purely agrarian with limited land mass for farming and cannot accomodate Ruga.

According to the statement, he said the zone actually proposed a deal with MACBAN to take their cattle to the Northern parts where there are grazing reserves so they can rely on the grasses grown in the south for the feeding of their cattle.

Umahi, who was chairman Technical Committee on Farmers and Herdsmen clash carved from the federal Economic Council under the chairmanship of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo made a recommendation for revamping of the already existing grazing reserve in various parts of the North to enable farmers have unhindered access to their farmlands while herdsmen rely solely on proceeds from the farmers.

 

Explaining how the deal will work, the governor said: “The way it works is that the herdsmen will bring down their cows to the South East and sell us as meat while they will load the grasses which are grown here in the same trailer with which they transported their cows to feed their cattle in those grazing reserve which should be made comfortable for them.“

 

The statement also quoted Umahi as saying that with this proposed deal, herdsmen are expected to embrace anti- open grazing by returning to the ranches in the north and do their business on the trade- by- barter basis of selling cows to the south and buying grass to feed their cows in the north.

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