No land for ranching in Delta - Aniagwu

Delta Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu

Delta Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu

By Ifeanyi Olannye

Delta State Government has said that it will not acquire any land for ranching in the state as reported in certain quarters.

Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, clarified a statement he issued on Friday in Asaba.

He said that ranching and livestock breeding, rearing and marketing was private business.

According to Aniagwu, Delta State Government is not acquiring lands for herdsmen as wrongly reported in some quarters.

He said that the bill before the State House of Assembly was for the regulation of livestock breeding, raring and marketing in the state.

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“Contrary to the misinformation in the public, the state is not acquiring any land to establish ranches.

“Ranching like any other business is a private concern and therefore anyone interested in establishing ranches in any part of the state is free to acquire land for the said purpose.

“The acquisition should be done following relevant laws that regulate private ownership of any legitimate business,” Aniagwu said.

However, he urged the people of the state and the general public to disregard the rumour that the government was providing land for herdsmen as an alternative to the ban on open grazing.