According to the Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, the South East Zonal Chairman of MACBAN (Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria), the association is not against the open grazing ban on cattle in the Southern part of Nigeria. He confirmed this on Tuesday through a statement made in Enugu.
The MACBAN chairman noted that Southern Nigeria Governors may have decided on a ban on open grazing because of the time’s exigencies and as such, they should not be vilified. It is worthy of note that not too long ago, Governors of various Southern states in the country announced a ban on open grazing.
However, the MACBAN chairman requested that there should be a negotiation to find a middle ground. This is in order to prevent an excessively sudden halt of open grazing.
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The MACBAN chairman believes that a negotiation like that would tone down the tension that the announcement had initially generated.
“I do not think we should be quick in rising to condemn the Governors over this decision, but rather engage them constructively for the good of all.”
“The growing suggestions for improved and more modern mode of livestock keeping could be well taken, but a middle course needs to be quickly negotiated in the interim,” he said.
In the place of a total ban, the MACBAN chairman requested that there should be grazing reserves, watering points, stock routes, etc.