The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), South west chapter has appealed to the Lagos state government to give it more time to train its members on how to stop the practice of open grazing before it becomes a law.
On Monday, the anti-open grazing bill scaled second reading at the Lagos state house of assembly.
But at the public hearing of the bill held in Lagos on Wednesday, the zonal secretary of south-west MACBAN, Maikudi Usman said the members of the association need time to be educated on the essence of the ban.
“Our breeders are not used to breeding cattle in one place. They move from here to another place. When we say we’ll keep cattle in one place, the owner of the cattle will not have funds to feed the animals in one place,” Usman said.
“They’ve already depended on going from one place to another because in the rainy season time, we have where we settle down, and we also have for the dry season.
“We are pleading with Lagos state government to give us time to go tell our people and train them how they will be breeding cattle in one place and not transfer to anybody’s land.
“But breeding in one place, right now, our people do not have the power to do so. What you’re not used to, you have to be taught. And gradually, everybody will understand,” Usman added.
If the bill is passed, Lagos will be joining some other states in the country’s southern region that have codified the prohibition of open grazing into law.