The Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education, NCNE, Prof. Bashir Usman, made this known on Tuesday in Zaria at the opening of a three-day capacity building workshop on the remodelling of grazing reserves into ranches.
The training was organised by NCNE for 120 nomadic education extension agents and other officers of the commission.
Usman, who was represented by the Director, Social Mobilisation and Women Development, Alhaji Mohammed El-Nafaty listed the selected states as Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Kaduna and Zamfara.
He said the existing grazing reserves have already been carved out, demarcated and gazetted, and explained that 141 out of the 416 grazing reserves, spread across the six geo-political zones with a total of 3.4 million hectares of land have been gazetted.
He stressed that the idea behind developing the grazing reserves into ranches was to provide state -of-the- art grazing resources for livestock herders in the country.
This will curtail the persistent farmer-herder conflicts that are threatening peace and security.
He noted that transformation and modernisation of Nigeria’s livestock industry would cause a paradigm shift from a predominantly traditional, informal and uncoordinated industry, to a more formal and organised one.