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Abia state assembly passes anti-open grazing bill into law

The Abia House of Assembly has passed into law, the Control of Nomadic Cattle Rearing and Prohibition of Grazing Routes/Reserve Bill, 2016.

The Bill sought to control nomadic cattle rearing and prohibit grazing routes in the state.

Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Chikwendu Kalu, said that the law was not only important to farmers, but also to the entire people of the state.

He urged security agencies to ensure proper implementation of the law when signed by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.

His words: “The law provides that the entry of trade cattle into the state shall be by rail or by road haulage.

“It also stipulates that movement of trade cattle to major towns in the state shall be by truck, trailers/vehicles or pickup van.

“The law also prohibits driving of trade cattle on hoof through any road or environs into the state. “It also states that anybody found with the cattle on hoof through any road or environs in the state shall be guilty of an offence’’

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Kalu said that defaulter upon conviction was liable to a fine of N200,000 or six months imprisonment or both.

He warned that any cattle found on any road in the state should be impounded by the appropriate authority or taken to the nearest ranch as may be provided by the law
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