About 40 cattle have died in Taraba State, after reportedly eating a poisonous grass called ‘killer grass’ by pastoralists.
It was gathered that all the cattle belong to a pastoralist in Gamgam village of Bali Local Government Area of the state.
According to Daily Trust, the incident occurred at about 11:00 am on Sunday shortly after a young boy identified simply as Ja’I, led a herd of cattle into a grassland where the cattle ate the poisonous grass.
A villager, Ali Bello, noted that 40 of the herd of about 200 cattle died few hours after they ate the grass.
He said the grass is found in some locations in the state and it is difficult to identify the species of the grass especially at the beginning of rainfall, when animals rush to eat fresh grasses.
Bello said that Ja’ I and his family soon after the incident, migrated along with the remaining herds to another location to a avoid a repeat of the incident.
According to him, such incidents are recorded from time to time, adding that poisonous grasses have always been a nightmare to pastoralists.
“As I’m talking to you, all pastoralists in this area have migrated out of the area to prevent their herds from eating the killer grass,” he said.