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June 21, 2024

Miyetti Allah Rejects Bill to Ban Open Grazing 

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has voiced opposition to the proposed law establishing ranches and prohibiting open grazing across Nigeria. 

Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, National Deputy Director-General and chieftain of the organisation in the South East, disclosed this in a statement released to newsmen on Sunday in Awka.

Siddiki, who is also the Sarkin Fulani of Awka, stated, “I align with the stance of our National President for the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Baba Othman Ngelzarma, in opposing the proposed law for the establishment of ranches and the prohibition of open grazing across Nigeria. 

“It is imperative to modernize livestock management practices in Nigeria, given the significant changes brought about by civilization. Those advocating for this legislation may not fully understand the realities faced by pastoralists.”

He emphasized that many pastoralists in Nigeria are not aware of modern livestock management techniques, necessitating a gradual transition rather than the immediate implementation of laws that could disrupt their livelihoods.

Siddiki proposed that the government establish a commission to educate pastoralists on the benefits and necessity of transitioning to modern livestock management practices. 

He also suggested providing training to young pastoralists on ranching methods and identifying suitable locations for ranching activities.

“Enforcing a blanket ban on open grazing without offering viable alternatives would only impede the cattle business. Therefore, it is essential to approach this issue with sensitivity and pragmatism,” Siddiki concluded.

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