The Anambra State House of Assembly is currently working on a law that would compel cattle herders to provide ranches for their herds. The assembly on Thursday resolved to refer the bill on cattle ranching to House Committee on Agriculture for their input before final passage into law. The House had debated on the law establishing the cattle ranches in the state.
Mr Charles Ezeani, who sponsored the Bill, said that if passed into law, it would put to an end to open grazing as currently witnessed in the state. “The Bill seeks to regulate cattle rearing in Anambra with a view to arresting incessant massacre of innocent citizens by herdsmen. “It will put to rest, open grazing by confining cattle and dog rearing to designated places as any cattle found operating in unapproved places shall be impounded. “Also these herdsmen must show themselves by registering their ranches as well as pay taxes, in order to generate revenue to the state and ensure food security and retain our agricultural landmark,’’ Ezeani said.
The Majority Leader, Mr Victor Okoye added, ” The Bill, if passed into law, will give security agencies the legal backing to confiscate any animals found grazing outside designated areas.” The Chief Whip, Mr Lawrence Ezeudu, Member Representing Dunukofia Constituency, Mr Obinna Emenaka, Representing Anambra East, and other members who made contributions noted that the Bill would stop herdsmen from encroaching on farmlands and also help to keep the environment clean.
Speaker of the house, Rt Hon Rita Maduagwu thanked those who made contributions, but referred the Bill to the House committee on agriculture.