Members of the Delta State Cattle Dealers Association have asked for 30,000 square meters of land in each of the state’s 25 local government areas to be set aside as cattle rearing grounds and markets.
They made the demand during a public hearing on a Bill for a Law to Regulate Livestock Breeding, Rearing, and Marketing, and to Prohibit Open Grazing and Related Matters in the State on Tuesday in Asaba, the state capital.
The 5,000 square metres defined as grazing grounds contained in the draft bill, according to the Chairman of the Cattle Dealers, Alhaji Musa Shuwa, who signed the association’s memorandum, is severely inadequate because of the facilities expected to be in the areas.
According to Shuwa, the association currently operates livestock (cattle) markets in seven towns across the state, the smallest of which is located on a parcel of land covering approximately 4,500 square meters and the largest on approximately 7,000 square meters.
The Delta State House of Assembly Joint Committee on Special Bills and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee organized the hearing.