The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association on Wednesday warned the Lagos State House of Assembly on the implications of passing the anti-grazing bill.
The warning was issued in a statement by the association's Zonal Secretary in the South West, which stressed that the cost of a single cow could skyrocket to N2 million if the bill becomes a law.
The PUNCH reports that the lawmakers on Monday forwarded the bill titled, “A bill for a law to Prohibit Open Cattle Grazing In Lagos State, the Trespass of Cattle Land And For Other Connected Purposes” to the committee on agriculture after it scaled second reading.
However, during a one-day public hearing organised by the state House of Assembly on the anti-open grazing bill on Wednesday, Usman revealed that ranching is more expensive than open grazing.
While appealing to the state government for assistance, who agreed that there were some criminally-minded herders, argued that rearing a cow in one location could increase the price of a cow to as much as N2 million.
He also pleaded with the government to subsidise the cost of raising the cattle in one location.
“If cattle are bred in one place, the price could go up to about N2 million each. We agreed with some local chiefs in other states that anyone who wants to rear cows in a location should register and should indicate when he is leaving.
“A Fulani man moves from one place to another to ply his trade, but we have some bad eggs that are causing trouble. The government should allow us to talk to our people that they don’t want our cows to destroy people’s farmland.
“We have met with stakeholders in Ekiti, Ondo and even Oyo states and we reached agreements with them,” Usman was quoted as saying this in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the House, Mr Eromosele Ebhomele.
Also, the Chairman of Lagos State Butchers Association of Lagos State, Alhaji Alabi Bamidele Kazeem, advocated for support to cattle breeders, arguing that “rearing animals in one location could be expensive”.
On his part, the President of the Lagos State Sheep Farmers Association, Alhaji Mustapha Ibrahim, described the bill as “all-embracing and would ensure a symbiotic relationship between cattle rearers and farmers”.
He also advocated for legislation to promote the creation of farm estates across the state.