Niger State government is to expend the sum of N13 billion for comprehensive development of Bobi grazing reserve in a plan that will span through ten years.
In the plan, according to commissioner of Agriculture, Alhaji Haruna Nuhu Dukku, 30,000 hectares grazing reserve located in Oroh, near Kampani Bobi community in Mariga local government of the state will be developed.
The commissioner supposed by that of livestock and fisheries counterpart, Alhaji Zakari Bawa Bala in an interactive session with newsmen said works on the grazing reserve would commence after a flag off by President Muhammadu Buhari at a date which would be announced soon.
In what seems a collaborative effort, the commissioners said the report of the committee set up for a comprehensive development blueprint for the reserve has gotten the approval of the federal government and other partners who have shown interest in the project.
In view of that, they said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has also indicated interest to support the reserve, which would boast of modern abattoir and meat packaging centre, yogurt making factory and other agro allied industries.
While saying that the reserve would boast of infrastructure such as pasture, electricity, water, schools, roads, hospitals, earth dams and other facilities. They said the state government has already commenced works on the access roads, veterinary clinic and police station.
The commissioners stated that works on boreholes around existing communities within the reserve are near completion, maintaining that the state government is considering the enforcement of cattle tax system for security purposes.
They stated that the tax regime will help in monitoring those who reside within the grazing reserve area saying, “We have to as part of our programme put in place the system to monitor and one thing we are considering even though we have not concluded yet is the tax system. The tax system is good even for security purposes and that will allow us to monitor who and who resides within the grazing reserve.”
The commissioner of Agriculture warned those using part of the land for farming to desist from using the area gazetted for the grazing reserve in order to avoid the clash between them and herdsmen which the reserve is out to mitigate.