Bayelsa Govt donates 1,200-hectares for ranch development

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The Bayelsa Government on
Sunday said it had donated 1,200 hectares of land to cattle herdsmen to
control indiscriminate grazing in the state. The
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government had in
December 2016 announced the restriction of the activities of herdsmen in
the state to the Bayelsa Palm area in Yenagoa.

According to the government, the decision was to prevent the invasion of farmlands and check any security breaches.
Mr Shittu Mohammed,
State Chairman, Cattle Ranches Management and Control Committee,
disclosed this at an interactive session which comprised stakeholders
such as herdsmen, butchers, farmers and security agencies.
Mohammed said that the 1,200 hectares of land was for ranch development, grazing and slaughtering of cattle.
He said that more ranches would be donated to the cattle rearers in order to maintain peace and order in the state.
He
commended the Bayelsa government for releasing the land, saying that
the gesture would help to sustain the lasting peace that had existed
between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
Mohammed
also noted that the committee was set up by the state government to
foster cordial relationship between the cattle rearers, farmers and the
people of the state.
He noted that there had been no cases of violence by the herdsmen in the state.
This
is simply because the committee in collaboration with the state
government and the security agencies had put in place quick response
mechanisms,
”he said.
The chairman called on
the people of the state to appreciate the provision of the ranch as it
will create job opportunities and boost tourism in the state.

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