Borno: Zulum submits to FG Ruga Scheme
By Madu Mohammed, Miringa
Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state northeast Nigeria has said that the state government would key into the Federal Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) scheme to reduce or eliminate farmers herders clash in the state.
Zulum who disclosed this in an interview with nesmen at the Agricultural Resource Team Farm in Konduga Tuesday said “the Borno state government will key into the Federal Government RUGA scheme with a view to provide our herdsmen land to graze.
”I think there is a misconception between some communities and the federal government RUGA scheme. The scheme is to provide a place where farmers and herders will leave in the same place and graze and farm, which will reduce or totally eliminate clashes.”
“We have identified six different locations, we considered safe for the pilot scheme in the state. The RUGA scheme is as old as history. It is not a new thing. I don’t know, why some people are politicizing it.
”We are going to provide them with scurity and other necessary facilities. RUGA settlement will greatly reduce farmers – herders clash”. Zulum assured
Earlier, the Chairman Borno state Agricultural Resource Team, Hon. Musa Inuwa Kubo said said grazing areas and other game reserves have since been identified in the state.
”We have identified Gambole castle Ranch and other game reserves to be used for the pilot RUGA scheme.
”Yesterday we had a meeting with members of Al Haya, MiyetiAllah, directors from ministry of agriculture and other stakeholders and have agreed on the identified areas,” Kubo said.