By Kingsley Braide
The Bayelsa State House of Assembly on Wednesday deliberated on the controversial open grazing issue following reports of the activities of herdsmen in Yenagoa and its environment.
This follows a bill titled: Livestock Breeding, Rearing and Marketing Regulation, which was read on the floor of the assembly by the leader, Rt. Hon. Monday Obolo.
While highlighting the importance of the bill, he condemned the unchecked open grazing in Yenagoa Metropolis and its environs and the operations of cattle rearers outside the designated areas.
He said the situation has caused untoward hardship and pains to residents and unwarranted attacks on farmers and rural dwellers in some parts of the state.
Other lawmakers spoke in favour of the bill, saying it is timely as it will help to curb the menace of the those in the business and bring some level of sanity back to the state.
Speaker of the assembly, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere after listening to the debate committed the bill to the House Committees on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Security and other relevant committees for further scrutiny and to report back to the house in seven days.