Anti-grazing Law Will Resolve Farmer, Herders Conflict – Obaseki

Anti-grazing Law Will Resolve Farmer, Herders Conflict – Obaseki

Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State said his government signed the anti-grazing law to tackle farmers/herders clashes and to ensure peace and security in communities.

Obaseki disclosed this at the Edo Central Security Council meeting in Irrua, the administrative headquarters of Esan Central Local Government Area.

The governor said “the law prohibits open grazing of cattle and other livestock and creates designated ranching areas for the rearing and grazing of cattle and other animals. It will control and regulate the grazing and rearing of cattle and other livestock in designated ranching areas of Edo State.

“It is meant to eliminate the conflict between nomadic cattle herders, their agents and local breeders and owners, communities, farmers and private individuals and institutions. It will eliminate land degradation, air and water pollution, loss of biodiversity, deforestation and other menace arising from open grazing.

“It will create a conducive environment for large-scale crop production. It would promote modern techniques of animal husbandry through the creation of ranching areas. It would promote jobs and investment opportunities in cattle and other livestock farming.”

Disclosing plans to set up a cattle and livestock committee to facilitate the implementation of the law, Obaseki said “there would be a cattle and livestock committee which will be chaired by a retired senior security officer not below the rank of a major or its equivalent in any of the forces. It will have a representative of the governor on security matters. The committee will also have the state chairman and three representatives of vigilante groups, one from each senatorial district.’’

The governor urged traditional rulers in Esanland to identify all the black spots and report same to the appropriate authorities for follow-up. “Nobody can come to your house and stay without your permission and knowledge. Is it possible? If you find a person you did not permit to stay there and you want to remove the person and you can’t, that is when you need support from outside to help you do it.”


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