The Cattle Dealers Association in Delta State chapter, has rejected the 5,000 square meters grazing land provided in the new bill by the Delta state lawmakers. The cattle dealers demanded for at least 30,000 square meter in every local government.
The herdsmen made the request on Monday, July 26, 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”.
During the hearing which was organised by the Delta State House of Assembly Joint Committee on Special Bills and Agriculture, and Natural Resources, the herdsmen said they need 30,000 square metres of land in each local government, for livestock breeding and marketing, across the state.
According to a memorandum signed by the chairman of the Cattle Dealers Association, Alhaji Musa Shuwa, the 5,000 square meters was grossly inadequate, because of the facilities expected to be in the area.
He said that the 5,000 square meters is just for markets, adding that each market takes delivery of at least 800 cattle every week. He said that the herders hardly sell all their cattle every week and there is need for more lands, for grazing.
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