By Okechukwu Onuegbu
A Bill for a law to provide for the control, movement and grazing of livestock in Anambra State and other matters connected there with has scaled through second reading at Anambra State House of Assembly.
The bill, which was sponsored by Hon. Charles Ezeani, the member representing Anaocha State II Constituency, aimed at regulating cattle rearing in the State.
According to Ezeani, passage of the bill seeks to put an end to open grazing by confining cattle and dog rearers to designated places, as well as help curb herdsmen/ farmers crashes which often lead to loss of lives and properties.
He added that with the bill, herdsmen residing or grazing their cattle in Anambra state would have registered name (or get incorporated) with which they would be paying taxes and levies to relevant authorities and help in generating revenue to the three tiers of the government.
“Our people buy cows everyday for their various events. If you calculate how much they make from us you will discover that it runs in billions or trillions on monthly basis. However, most of these herders are not known. So with this bill, their owners would be found and made to be paying their taxes as ways of generating revenue for the state and the people whose green fields their cattle graze every day,” he added.
On his part, the Majority Leader, Chief Victor Okoye explained that the bill will help to create more cordial relationship between herdsmen and their host communities, as well as gives legal backing to establishment of ranches for rearing of cattle for income generation.
Others, Hon. Lawrence Ezeudu of Dunukofia constituency, Hon. Pete Ibida of Njikoka II, and Timothy Ifedioranma of Njikoka I, maintained that the bill will prevent herdsmen from encroaching on farmlands and create clean environment.