In ensuring safety of farmers and guarantee food sufficiency, the Chairman of the State Livestock Management Committee, (DSLMC), Chief Julius Egbedi has promised to inaugurate Local Government Taskforce Officers across the 25 local Government Areas of the State.
Chief Julius Egbedi who is also the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources said the Taskforce woukd be inaugurated to enforce herders breech on the ban on open grazing
He made this known during a courtesy visit to the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Major General Felix Mujakperou Rtd CFR mni Orhue 1, in Orerokpe, Delta State.
While intimating the traditional on the objective of the Committee, Chief Egbedi said it was to keep them abreast of the role they were to play in ensuring that open grazing was reduced to its barest minimum in the state.
Condemning the level of damage open grazing had caused farmers in the State, the Chairman of the Livestock Management Committee assured farmers that the Committee would ensure that they go about their farming activities without the fear of being molested, kidnapped and raped.
On his part the Monarch who is also the Chairman, Delta State Traditional Rulers Council, said the law was a welcomed development saying that it would help ensure that peace and security abide in the state.
The Orodje of Okpe Kingdom while lamenting that it was unfortunate that some persons out of greed had collected money from the herdsmen, thereby making them claim ownership of the lands and their environment, expressed serious worries over the development.
On cows roaming about peoples’ farmlands and destroying their source of livelihood, the Monarch called for the constitution of a Taskforce saddled with the enforcement of the law on open grazing at the local level.
He also advocated for the empowerment of the task force officers to be able to effectively carryout their assignments.
The visit which was led by the Chairman had members of the Committee present at the Palace.