Cattle colonies not practicable in South-East – Miyetti Allah

Alhaji Sadiq Gidado, the Chairman of MACBAN , said this Friday a news conference in Awka.

He said that the establishment of cattle colonies in the area was not necessary because of the harmonious relationship existing members of the association and the residents.

He, however, underscored the need to strengthen the mutual understanding and synergy MACBAN and the people in the zone.

Gidado bemoaned the incessant farmer-herdsman clashes in parts of the , saying that the two parties were coexisting peacefully in the South East zone.

“Cattle breeding is different from what obtains in other states; here ; we are working in synergy with the security operatives, the indigenes and the state government through the Cattle Menace Control Committee.

“To me, anti-open grazing bill, cattle colonies and ranches are just political creations; these concepts are created by to bring disharmony farmers and herdsmen.

“In the South-East, the proposed cattle colonies cannot work; you cannot just take somebody’s land and give to another person to conduct his own business; it is not right.

“Here in the zone, it is virtually impossible to operate cattle colonies, as there is harmonious relationship existing between the herdsmen and the farmers.

“The cattle colonies they are talking about are already existing in the North,” he said.

Gidado, who is a member of the Cattle Menace Control Committee, commended the governors of the South-East states for being proactive by setting up the committee which had ensured peace.

He blamed frictions recorded in the region migrant cattle breeders, who were not members of MACBAN in the zone, saying that the association had put in place measures to forestall future incidents.

“We thank the governors of the South-East states, especially the Anambra and Enugu state governors, who constituted these committees that are coordinating our activities.

“The regulation is that you only graze where there are no farms. If you destroy farmlands intentionally or unintentionally, you must punished for what you have done and made to pay for what you have destroyed.

“And if the people in the communities kill a man or his cow, you pay damages accordingly; a good structure that enables the effective management of our members,” Gidado said. (NAN)