Farmers in Wuro Joi, in Kwami East in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State are lamenting their loss following an encroachment by herders into their farmlands.
The State Government recently after an expanded security council meeting, deliberated on several issues, where it warned farmers to desist from burning folders to give room for grazing, while issuing a deadline, January 2022 for produce to be harvested.
The government also outlawed the migration of herders from other states till the end of the harvest period.
Announcing this on behalf of the government, Commissioner for Information, Julius Ishaya, said the steps were geared towards mitigating herders, farmers conflicts, especially in the face of food scarcity.
He said, “There shall be no farming and grazing activities as from 6 pm to 6 am. Likewise, grazing by under-aged children is also prohibited. Council also directed that farmers must work hard to get their harvest done as quickly as possible and they are not allowed to folder the remnant on their farms this is to ensure that after they are done with their harvest herders can come and benefit from it.
“Council also directed that migrating herders and their cattle are not allowed into Gombe State until after harvest which will last till the end of January 2022 this will ensure the state does not run into food crisis.”
Confirming the extent of destruction to our correspondent, the Village Head of Wuro Joi, Babayo Abubakar, noted that the destruction of the crops would have dire consequences on the availability of food items, stressing that victims should be compensated.
Our correspondent reports that the food crops destroyed includes; beans and sorghum estimated to be worth millions of Naira.
“Our farmlands where we planted beans and sorghum were destroyed by herders with their cattle, here in Wuro Joi and we need the support of government to support us. A lot of money was invested in farms for these products,” Abubakar said. PUNCH