Delta State Government has said it will not make any land available for the purpose of ranching in the state.
The State Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, made this known in a statement he issued on Friday in Asaba.
Mr. Aniagwu stated that the state government is not acquiring lands for herdsmen as wrongly reported in some quarters, adding that ranching, livestock breeding, rearing and marketing was private business.
Aniagwu explained that the bill before the State House of Assembly was for the regulation of livestock breeding, rearing and marketing in the state.
“Contrary to the misinformation in the public, the state is not acquiring any land for the purpose of establishing 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 in accordance with relevant laws that regulates private ownership of any legitimate business,” Mr Aniagwu said.
He, therefore, charged the people of the state and the general public to debunk the rumour that the state government was providing land for herdsmen as an alternative to ban open grazing.