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20 Jul 2017

Taraba Assembly passes law against open grazing

Taraba State House of Assembly has passed the state Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2017 into law.

The passage followed the report of the ad-hoc committee which conducted public hearing across the three senatorial districts of the state, which was submitted to the assembly and adopted by the ‘Committee of the Whole’ on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Speaker of the assembly, Abel Peter Diah, commended the members of the ad-hoc committee for doing a very thorough job within the time frame given to it, saying posterity would be very kind to them.

He said the law would become operative immediately it is assented to by the state Governor, Darius Ishaku, who forwarded the executive bill to the assembly.

Besides regulating livestock production and managing the impact of open livestock farming on the environment, the law also seek to “promote job creation, investment opportunities in livestock production and enhance greater productivity in the livestock business”.

Part of the features of the law is the power vested in the governor to “establish the state Livestock and Ranch Administration Control Committee which is to be made up of no fewer than 13 members”.

The committee is saddled with the responsibility of “keeping a register of all ranches and ranch owners in the state” as well as come up with modalities and conditions for the operations of livestock farming in the state.

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