Governor Ikpeazu of Abia, while speaking on Magic 102.9 FM Aba flagship programme “People and Politics said;
“We don’t need grazing reserves in the South-East, because we don’t have land space for it. There are enough land in the north, so let have grazing reserves there.”
“There is massive landmass in the North to create grazing reserves, we can’t allow anybody to come to South East and take our lands in the name of creating grazing reserves.”
It will be recalled that commercial cattle ranching has been suggested as a much better alternative to grazing reserves which could breed inter-ethnic conflicts.
It has been suggested that the Federal Government should instead grant loans to the herdsmen to set up ultra modern commercial cattle ranches.
But the Federal Government seems to be so far lukewarm to the idea, in spite of its obvious benefits to both farming communities and herdsmen.