As part of its attempts to establish RUGA communities in the state, the Zamfara State government has reached an agreement to import goats and cows from South Africa and Norway.
Governor Bello Matawalle made the announcement during a stakeholders training and step-down mobilization on RUGA Development organized by Rahusa Ventures and supported by Senator Sahabi Yau Kaura in Kaura-namoda.
The Governor, who was represented by Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, Commissioner of Forestry and Livestock Development, said the animals would be kept at RUGA in Maradun Local Government Area as a model as part of the state government’s efforts to expand RUGA settlements.
“We’ve placed an order,” he added, adding that the animals would be in the state soon.
According to Matawalle, N2.4 billion was spent on the construction of RUGA in the Maradun Local Government Area, and it was virtually finished.
He stated that N8.6 billion had been put aside for the construction of three RUGA villages in the state’s three senatorial zones.
Dr. Abdullahi Maiwada, the workshop’s consultant, stated that the workshop’s goal was to teach stakeholders how to create their own grazing pastures in order to avoid clashes with Fulani herders.
“250 participants, mostly farmers, herders, traditional and political leaders, were picked from the three local government areas of Zamfara North Senatorial Zone,” he said.
Fulani herders clashes, banditry, and cattle rustling, according to Maiwada, would be minimized or eliminated by the time the stakeholders were able to organize their own grazing pastures.
Senator Sahabi Yau was praised for organizing the workshop as part of his constituency project, and he urged all lawmakers in the state to follow in his footsteps.
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