Anambra to begin implementation of anti-open grazing law

Anambra State Governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo said the state will start implementing its anti-open grazing law next month.

Soludo said so on Saturday, during a meeting with members of the Anambra State Livestock Threat Committee, held at Government House, Awka.

Former state governor Willie Obiano had on October 22, 2021 approved the Cattle and Other Livestock Ranching and Grazing Ban Bill.

The bill, titled ‘The Open Grazing of Cattle and Other Livestock and Ranching Bill 2021 in Anambra State’, passed after the third reading in plenum by members of the State Legislative Assembly on October 12, 2021.

While commending the committee members for their dedication to duty, Soludo said that Anambra promotes social harmony with everyone including herders.

He stressed, however, that they must operate within existing laws, like other state enterprises.

He said the initiative aimed to save Anambra’s environment from erosion which was rapidly depleting rare earths, urging them to consider the gradual implementation of ranching as a modern way of farming cattle because of its many benefits and money-making potential.

He said: “Now that we have a law prohibiting open grazing, law enforcement officers have been tasked with enforcing it.

“Although the law has been in place for nearly a year, cattle ranchers continue to march in some areas of the state in violation of the law.”

He commended the committee members for their devotion to duty, saying that the Anambra have largely lived in harmony with the herdsmen, but the herdsmen must conduct their business within the framework of the applicable laws.