Herdsmen in Delta Reject 5,000sqm Grazing Land Proposed By Lawmakers, Want At Least…

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want at least 30,000 sqm for each local government 

The Cattle Dealers Association of Delta State has rejected the 5,000 square metres of grazing land proposed by state lawmakers in a new bill.

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The herdsmen requested at least 30,000 square metres of land in each local government area for livestock breeding and marketing during a public hearing on ‘A Bill for a Law to provide for the Regulation of Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing and to Prohibit Open Grazing and related matters in Delta State’ on Monday, July 26 in Asaba.

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The Joint Committee on Special Bills and Agriculture and Natural Resources of the state House of Assembly hosted the hearing.

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The 5,000 square metres designated as grazing areas in the draught bill, according to a memorandum signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Musa Shuwa, was grossly inadequate, given the expected facilities in the area.

 

“This (5,000 square metres) is only for the markets,” he explained. In addition, each market receives at least 800 cattle per week. Our members rarely sell all of their cattle at the market, necessitating the use of grazing to feed the cattle.

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“Given that the draught of this bill is intended to prohibit open grazing, it is our respectful opinion that having cattle within an enclosed grazing (for the purpose of ranching) area would necessitate a large amount of land.

“While we recognise that the 5,000 square metres mentioned in Section 8(2a) is only a starting point, we believe that even at the minimum, 5,000 square metres of land may not be the best place to start.”

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