According to the DAILY POST, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State will today sign the anti-open grazing bill into law. The governor's action indicated that he was unconcerned about President Muhammadu Buhari's approval of a review of 368 grazing sites across the country's 25 states. Akeredolu's action was in accordance with the resolution passed by the Southern Governors Forum at the last meeting that took place in Lagos State. Fulani herders across Southern Nigeria have been given until the first of September to stop all manner of open grazing or face the consequences.
Today, we are going to have a look at the benefits of the Anti-Open grazing law for both farmers and herders.
1. It will help to regulate the security, rearing and grazing of livestock.
There have been several allegations that Fulani herdsmen are responsible for kidnappings in the southern part of the country. These are mere allegations that can not be proven and the reason why it was difficult for anyone to establish if the allegations against the Fulani herdsmen were true was because of their nomadic lifestyle, since they do not stay in one place to rear animals but rather move them from region to region. The ban on open grazing will, however, allow herdsmen to settle in a particular area and rear their animals, and this will help to regulate security and discover those responsible for any future atrocities in the state.
2. The bill will also ensure the establishment of ranches in the state.
This bill is expected to allow the creation of ranches in the state. The governor has earlier claimed that the state is only interested in the establishment of ranches, which could even create employment opportunities for youths in the state, and not the Ruga settlement scheme. Two locations in the state, Akunnu and Auga Akoko, with an expansive area of land, were proposed to be used for ranching.
3. The bill will help to prevent the destruction of farm crops in the state by cattle and will address clashes that are usually generated between herders and farmers in the state.
4. It will encourage modern techniques of animal husbandry and enhance the growth of livestock farming in the state.
This ban on open grazing and the establishment of the ranch will enhance the growth of the livestock business in the state as animals kept on the ranch are expected to grow bigger and perform better than those in the traditional open grazing practice.
What do you think about the benefits of banning open grazing and creating ranches?
Credit: DAILY POST
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