The Delta State chapter of the Cattle Dealers Association has rejected the 5,000 square meters of grazing land provided in a new bill by state lawmakers.
The Delta State Herdsmen requested that every local government area in the state should be given at least 30,000 square meters of land for livestock breeding and marketing on Monday, July 26 during a public hearing in Asaba.
The hearing was organized by the Joint Committee on Special Bills and Agriculture and Natural Resources of the state House of Assembly.
As a result of the facilities expected in the area, according to a memorandum by its Chairman, Alhaji Musa Shuwa, the 5,000 square metres designated as grazing areas in the draft bill is grossly inadequate.
According to him, this is just for the markets (5,000 square metres). Additionally, each market takes delivery of at least 800 cattle every week. Members rarely sell all of their cattle at the market, so they must graze their cattle.
“With the intention of the draft of this bill being to ban open grazing, it is our respectful view that
to have cattle within enclosed grazing (for the purpose of ranching) area would mean that a large space of area is needed for this purpose.
“While we acknowledge that the 5,000 square metres mentioned in Section 8(2a) is only the minimum, it is our modest view that even in the minimum, 5,000 square metres of land may not be the best starting point.”