Reindeer Husbandry and Agriculture – A Complex Cocktail

November 11, 2008 • Philip BurgessReindeer

The ongoing discussion between reindeer herders and farmers in the Alta region specifically (but elsewhere too) is again in the media. A former state secretary with responsibility for reindeer husbandry stated that part of the problem was the lack of a clear government policy with regard to reinder husbandry. Nils Henrik Sara, leader of the Sami Reindeer Herders Association of Norway echoed his concerns, again calling for more dialogue,

First and foremost, we should have better dialogue between farmers and reindeer husbandry, but when it comes to the ministry level, they should have an understanding of both industries.This is where we feel that we have not been heard as closely as agriculture.