Federal government has declared its commitment to develop a total of 4000 hectares of rangelands to cater for at least 3,000 herdsmen, the minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said.
The minister disclosed this yesterday at the flag-off of the reconstruction of rural roads at Tambu-Makasauro, Daura local government area, Katsina State, adding that the exercise would commence with a pilot of 50 hectares per state.
“Here in Katsina State, Madaobi and Turumi Village areas in Daura LGA have been designated for the purpose with approximately 600ha on which holistic land management would be practiced and taught. Livestock watering points would be established in addition to the rangelands which obviously reduce the friction between farmers and herders occasioned by lost forage due to unsympathetic effect of the change in climatic conditions,” he said.
Restating the present administration’s commitment to aggressively promote the provision of rural infrastructure to improve opportunities in the rural areas, he revealed that his ministry through Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme (CASP) would rehabilitate no fewer than 22 rural roads covering about 60km across the seven participating states with support structures.
“A total of 375km of earthen roads would be rehabilitated while a total of 243km of new roads would be constructed and it is expected to benefit at least seven million peoples across the participating states (consisting of Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara),” Ogbeh added.
The ministry through the CASP programme, according to him, is intervening in the provision of 997 solar powered boreholes, which would benefit at least 500,000 vulnerable men and women.
“Additionally, water harvesting, soil and water conservation infrastructure would be provided to improve water harvesting on farmlands of beneficiaries,” the minister stated.
Earlier, the national programme coordinator, CASP, Alhaji Muhamad Lawal Idah, disclosed that CASP was developed by the ministry in close collaboration with IFAD to promote agriculture as a business and integrate climate change resilience adaption measures.
Idah lauded the minister’s efforts on climate smart agriculture to mitigate the impact of climate change through the rehabilitation of degraded community rangelands, livestock drinking points in the participating states of the programme.