Bayelsa Govt bans Open Grazing

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Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri speaks after signing a bill banning opening grazing in the state on March 10, 2021.

Bayelsa State Government has enacted a law prohibiting open grazing of livestock in the state. Governor Douye Diri assented to the Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation Law 2021 on Wednesday at the Executive Chamber of Government House in Yenagoa.

He said the essence of the law is to ensure harmonious living between cattle dealers and other inhabitants of the state and to forestall the violent clashes being experienced in other parts of the country. “Bayelsa State welcomes all and sundry to eke out a living legitimately. The people of Bayelsa want to have a mutual and harmonious relationship with non-natives and natives. The essence of the law is to avert and forestall any clash between herdsmen, farmers, natives and non-natives as experienced in some states,” he said.

“From the commencement of the law, no person shall breed, rear or trade in livestock in the state in any other place as may be designated by the committee and approved by the state government.” The law, according to him, stipulates that any herdsman found with arms, whether licenced or not, should be arrested.

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