By Zubairu Idris
The Katsina State Standing Committee on the Improvement of Farmers and Herdsmen Relationship had recovered no fewer than 9,000 cattle from rustlers in the state.
Alhaji AbdulAziz Lawal, the chairman of the committee, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina.
He said that 8,700 animals that were identified by their owners had been released to them.
Lawal said that cattle rustling had reduced drastically in the state following the efforts of the state government to dialogue with members of the group.
He said that had also reduced cases of clash between farmers and herdsmen across the 34 local government areas of the state.
Lawal said that the state government issued grazing permit to herdsmen through their traditional leaders as part of measures to curtail clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the state.
‘’The grazing permits make the herdsmen to be law abiding within and outside the state.
“This is part of the state government’s efforts to curtail clashes between farmers and animal breeders and restore the cordial relationship that used to exist between the two parties,’’ he said.
The chairman urged the government to re-demarcate grazing lands so as to provide lands for animals and prevent herdsmen from encroaching into farmlands.