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Oyo State To Ban Open Grazing, Herdsmen To Carry ID Cards

Move to ban open rearing, herding and grazing of livestock outside permitted ranches in Oyo State has been regurgitated, as the Open rearing and grazing regulation bill, 2019, passed the second reading stage at Wednesday’s plenary of the state House of Assembly.
Cattle movement is only permissible by rail wagon, truck or pick-up wagon, while any person found moving livestock on foot is liable on conviction to imprisonment for one year or a fine of N50,000 or both.
The penalty for any herdsman who fails to register is imprisonment for two years or a fine of N100,000 or both, while anyone without identification card is liable on conviction to imprisonment for six months or a fine of N50,000 or both.
If the bill is passed into law, any herdsman wishing to set up ranches or anyone intending to graze livestock on ranches is expected to pay a permit fee with the permit, renewable after one year, subject to the governor’s approval.
Such herdsman is expected to apply for one year lease of land from the owner, and get the consent of the Ministry of Environment which will carry out an environmental impact assessment before issuance of the permit.
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