Kano - The Kano State Government will soon enact a law to prevent grazing reserves from trespass and encroachment.
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje disclosed this at the weekend while receiving a report by a committee on Development of Master plan for Rivers and Streams in the state.
According to Ganduje, the state Commissioner of Justice and Agriculture has been directed to produce a draft bill that would be forwarded to the state House of Assembly for consideration and possible assent.
The governor explained the law would entail penalty for people who encroach on the reserves and would also help in curtailing clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.
He added that the law would complement other efforts of the government in enhancing agricultural.
Ganduje said the state agriculture and water resources management agencies would be reorganised and revitalised to promote agricultural production in the state.
“We have several dams, streams and rivers as well as irrigation schemes and vast land for agriculture which are barely utilized as if they are of no economic significance whatsoever," he said.
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The governor noted that with government support and increased, integrated participation of the private sector in agriculture and related sectors, unemployment, particularly in the rural areas would be greatly reduced.
“Our rural people are dwelling on huge assets yet they don’t know. Agriculture holds a lot of potential for poverty eradication among our people," the governor said.
"Consequently, we shall focus on higher investment in water resources and agricultural development to move our state forward,” he said.
He thanked the 16 man committee for doing a thorough job and promised that its recommendations would not be carefully studied for possible implementation.
Chairman of the committee, Muhammad Nadu Yahya, lamented that less than 60 000 hectares out of the potential 400 000 hectares of irrigation land are being utilized in the state.
He explained that the committee had embedded fresh ideas into the old Water Resource Development Master Plan and if implemented, would propel the economic prosperity of Kano.
- CAJ News