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Ruga: Govt promises implementation in multiple locations, blasts critics

The Borno state government said Tuesday that it would enter the federal government’s rural grazing area (RUGA) to curb the clash of farmers/shepherds in the state.

Governor Babagana Zulum told reporters at the Farm of the Agricultural Resources Team in the Konduga local government area that multiple locations for the scheme will be provided.

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Umara said some states rejected the scheme due to a misconception of the program. “The scheme is to provide a place where farmers and shepherds will leave in the same place and graze and cultivate, which will reduce or eliminate fighting,” said NAN.

“We have identified six different locations that we consider safe for the pilot scheme in the state. The RUGA scheme is as old as history, and it is not something new. I don’t know why some people are politicizing it.

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“We will provide security and other necessary facilities. RUGA settlement will greatly reduce clashes between farmers and shepherds.”

Malam Musa Kubo, president of the Borno State Agricultural Resources Team, said the body had identified Gamble Cattle Range and other game reserves that will be used to pilot the RUGA scheme.

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“We had a meeting with members of the Hague, Miyeti Allah, directors of the Ministry of Agriculture and other interested parties and agreed on the areas identified,” he said.