From Dan Amasingha, Minna
Following cases of incessant cattle rustling that triggers herders and communal clashes, Niger state government has earmarked the sum of N91million to install tracking devices on cattle to curb the trend.
Commissioner for Livestock and fisheries, Alhaji Zackari Bawa disclosed this while speaking on plans by the state government to find a lasting solution on the hardship encountered by herders.
He stated that, the state government is planing to introduce the new scheme in its pilot gracing reserve at Bobi in Magama local government area of the state with a view to enhancing security and the economic potentials of herdsmen in the state.
Alhaji Bawa revealed that, the state government has carried out a trial project in collaboration with a telecommunication firm which revealed the viability of the project in the state.
“The tracking devices will be installed free of charge to all livestock owners that comes forward as it will go a long way in tracking any cattle stolen from the state”
Bawa explained that, even though, rearing of livestock is a private business venture. Government has a role to play in ensuring the safety of the herders and their livestocks pointing out that ” these are the only things this group benefit from government directly “
The benefits of the pilot scheme include easy data base in accessing the livestocks for immunization and monitoring the movement of cattle within the state and from other states into the state and even influx of cattle from neighbouring Countries
Niger state, the Commissioner noted planned to use the tracking device to solve the security challenges associated with cattle rustling and provide a conducive atmosphere for livestock production in the country.