The Bayelsa Livestock Management Committee (BSLMC) says it has impounded 34 cows in Yenegoa for violation of the state’s anti-open grazing law.
Bayelsa State Chairman of Livestock Management Committee (BSLMC) David Alagoa, told newsmen that the herders allegedly chose a convenient time in the night to graze, while some of the cattle were spotted grazing in farmlands. alleging that “Over time, the communities around Bayelsa Palm Estate have become open fields for the cows because the herders are moving them and trekking around the area.
He maintained that the impounded cattle would remain in the custody of the committee until the herders paid the prescribed fine. “We have been monitoring their movements over time and we decided to do a surprise hit.
David Alagoa said the Commissioner for Agriculture, said the committee would follow the anti-open grazing law to the letter in handling the issue. “We are going to follow the law that states that when we impound, there is also a fee to be paid in that process and I want to assure you that we are going to follow the law,”.