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Fulani in Nigeria: the land war

Fulani in Nigeria: the land war

Kaduna (Nigeria) (AFP) - "Push yourself!" A thick cloud of dust rises under the cries and the blows of sticks of teenagers wearing straw hats: the crowd immediately departs, a new procession of oxen with endless horns jostles towards the enclosure.Nigeria's economic capital, Lagos, is West Africa's largest cattle market.

Inside, hundreds, thousands of head of cattle trample the mud and plastic bags under the boring heat.It is 10 a.m., buyers are arriving and the negotiations will be able to start.

Up to 50 full trucks are unloaded here every day to supply Lagos, the bustling megalopolis of 20 million people, the most populous country on the continent already has nearly 200 million mouths to 2050.The rapidly expanding red meat and dairy market is accompanying this demographic boom.In West Africa, it is estimated that one in two beef consumers is Nigerian.

Certain animals, exhausted by the road, weakened by disease, collapsed on arrival.Lying on their side, protruding ribs, they are about to die in general indifference.Too thin.The rest, the majority, fed on grains and forages to raise the stakes, display a shiny coat and generous thighs, a sign of good health.

All have traveled hundreds of kilometers, walking first, then in large cattle trucks; all will end their journey a few meters away, in the large slaughterhouses of Lagos.In a filthy parking lot, small refrigerated vans wait patiently their loading.

Posted Date: 2021-04-06

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