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Open Grazing: Bayelsa govt impounds 34 cows

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The Bayelsa Livestock Administration Committee (BSLMC) on Tuesday mentioned it impounded 34 cows in Yenagoa for alleged violation of the State’s anti-open grazing regulation.

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The cows had been impounded across the Bayelsa Palm Property, within the state capital.

Mr David Alagoa, Chairman of BSLMC, instructed newsmen that the herders allegedly selected a handy time within the evening to graze, saying that among the cattle had been noticed grazing in farmlands.

Alagoa, who can be the Commissioner for Agriculture, mentioned the committee would comply with the anti-open grazing regulation to the letter in dealing with the difficulty.

He maintained that the impounded cattle would stay within the custody of the committee till the herders paid the prescribed superb.

“Over time, the communities round Bayelsa Palm Property have turn out to be open fields for the cows as a result of the herders are transferring them and trekking across the space.

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“We have now been monitoring their actions over time, and we determined to do a shock hit.

“We’re going to comply with the regulation that states that after we impound, there may be additionally a charge to be paid in that course of and I need to guarantee you that we’re going to comply with the regulation,” Alagoa mentioned.

Additionally talking, the Particular Adviser on Safety to the Governor, Mr Agberebi Akpoebi, mentioned the committee was working in synergy with its native authorities operatives to see that the anti-open grazing regulation within the state is totally enforced.

“In the event that they (operatives) see cows anyplace within the state, they tell us. We go and confirm and we take the required steps to verify they don’t embark on open grazing anymore,“ Akpoebi mentioned.

Reacting to the event, the Deputy Commissioner of Police accountable for Operations in Bayelsa, Mr Aminu Alhassan, mentioned that a number of sensitisation had been carried out earlier than the committee began to implement the regulation.

“The administration of the state of affairs could be very clear. We had been all a part of the regulation that introduced concerning the anti-open grazing and we’re very conversant with it.

“We have now sensitised all people and the best way we have now accomplished it now, even the least particular person within the enterprise of livestock is totally conscious.

“The one factor is that implementation is taking some gradual dimension as a result of there are nonetheless some people who find themselves adamant about compliance.

“We have now simply began taking actions to make sure that the regulation takes its course in order that no person can truncate it,” Alhassan mentioned.

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