The federal government said it had commenced establishment of Ruga (farm) settlements for herdsmen in 12 pilot states nationwide.
Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Mohammadu Umar stated this in an interview on the sidelines of a workshop on regional anti-microbial resistance and associated legislation in West Africa, in Abuja.
He said when fully established, the farm settlements would address the incessant clashes between the Fulani herders and farmers.
Umar said the pilot programme had commenced on a 31,000-hectare in Kontagora, Niger state.
He said the required facilities for a basic life and treatment of cattle were being provided to enhance productivity.
Umar further stated that government would replicate the programme in selected states as work “is ongoing in the 12 pilot states.”