Ogun Assembly considers bill criminalizing cash crop planting in forest reserves

Ogun State

The Ogun State House of Assembly is considering a bill that will criminalize fresh planting of cash crops in government owned forest reserves in the state.

Under the forest reserves and wildlife preservation bill, farmers who plant cocoa, kolanut, cashew, oil palm or any other cash crops in the reserves will be jailed 10 years, or pay a N5 million fine on conviction

The state forestry commissioner, Alhaji Kolawole Lawal speaking on the sideline of the House of Assembly’s public hearing on “the state forest and wildlife preservation bill “ in Abeokuta, warned that its provisions  will be enforced, immediately it is passed and  signed into law.

The state House of Assembly Speaker Suraj Adekunbi, represented by his deputy, Kunle Oluomo, assured that the bill has provided for creation of more forest reserves and separate land for  cocoa farmers, given the importance of cocoa as major cash crop

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