Anti-open grazing bill scales second reading at Akwa Ibom assembly

A Bill for a Law to prohibit open rearing and grazing of livestock and provide for the establishment of ranches has scaled second reading at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

Presenting the Bill during Thursday Plenary, leader of the House and member representing Oruk Anam state constituency, Sir. Udo Kieran Akpan, said when passed into law, the Bill would prevent the destruction of farms, crops, ponds, settlements and properties caused by open rearing and grazing of livestock.

Akpan who is also Chairman House Committee on Lands and House explained that the Bill would also promote the production of high and healthy breeds of livestock, as well as boost job and investment opportunities in livestock farming.

He added that “The Bill will also manage the environmental impact of open livestock grazing and protect the environment from degradation and pollution caused by open rearing and grazing of livestock.

“The Bill will also promote modern techniques of animal husbandry, promote international best practices in the dairy and beef industry”

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