The government of Delta State on Friday has said it was not acquiring lands for herdsmen as wrongly insinuated in some quarters.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Aniagwu Charles stated in a statement in Asaba, that the bill before the State Assembly was for the regulation of livestock breeding, raring and marketing in the state.
Mr Aniagwu said contrary to the misinformation in the public, the state was not acquiring any land for the purpose of establishing ranches.
He noted that ranching like any other business was a private concern and therefore anyone interested in establishing ranches in any part of the state was free to acquire land for the said purpose in accordance with relevant laws that regulates private ownership of any legitimate business.
He advised Deltans and the general public to disregard the earlier information that government was providing land for herdsmen as alternative to ban on open grazing.