Wednesday, January 26

Zamfara sets to import Cows from South Africa, Norway

The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has said that his government has concluded to import goats and cows from South Africa and Norway as part of its efforts to develop RUGA settlements in the state.

The Governor announced this in Kaura-namoda during the stakeholders training and step down mobilisation on RUGA Development organised by Rahusa Ventures, sponsored by Senator Sahabi Yau Kaura.

Matawalle who was represented by the Commissioner of Forestry and Livestock Development, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi said the animals would be kept at RUGA in Maradun Local Government Area to serve as a model as part of the state government’s efforts in developing RUGA settlements.

“We have since placed an order and the animals would arrive in the state soon,” he said.

The Governor said the sum of N2.4 billion was spent on the construction of RUGA in Maradun Local Government Area, adding that it was almost in completion stage.

Stressing that a total sum of N8.6 billon was earmarked for the construction of three RUGA settlements in the three Senatorial Zones in the state.

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Also speaking, the consultant for the workshop, Dr. Abdullahi Maiwada said the workshop was aimed at training the stakeholders on how to develop their own grazing lands in order to avoid a clash with Fulani herders.

He said, “250 participants were selected from the three local government areas of Zamfara North Senatorial Zone who are mainly farmers, herders, traditional and political leaders”.

According to the Governor, by the time the stakeholders were able to organise their own grazing lands, the issue of Fulani herders clash, banditry and cattle rustling would be minimised or be completely wiped out.

He commended Senator Sahabi Yau for organising the workshop as part of his constituency project, calling on all the politicians in the state to emulate him.

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