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Herdsmen in Taraba run to court to stop anti-open grazing law

Members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria run to court to stop the anti-open grazing law which comes into enforcement January 24.

The Taraba State Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Sahabi Tukur, told newsmen on Friday that the state government has not put in place measures to ensure that herdsmen have a smooth switch from their traditional open grazing to ranching, which he said is a more challenging system of rearing cattle.

According to him, ranching requires commitment of huge sums of money to acquire land and develop infrastructure for the benefit of the animals.

He said: “The timing of the law is wrong because it fails to carry all the major stakeholders along, and the government has also failed to provide some of the basic infrastructure to enable the herdsmen key into the idea of ranching.

“We have few days to the take-off of the law and not even a single foot of land has been allocated for ranching. So, what do you expect the herdsmen to do?”

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