OPEN GRAZING BAN: WE ARE NOT ACQUIRING LAND FOR RANCHING – Delta Govt

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Delta State Government on Friday clarified that it is not acquiring lands for herdsmen in any part of the state as wrongly reported in some quarters.

The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu said in a statement in Asaba, that the Bill before the State Assembly was for the regulation of livestock breeding, raring and marketing in the state.

He said contrary to the misinformation in the public domain, the state was not acquiring any land for the purpose of establishing ranches.

The Commissioner stated that ranching, like any other business, was a private concern and therefore anyone interested in establishing ranches in any part of the state was free to acquire land for that purpose in accordance with relevant laws regulating private ownership of any legitimate business.

Aniagwu urged Deltans and members of the public to disregard the earlier information that government was providing land for herdsmen as alternative to ban on open grazing.

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