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Ekiti moves to avert farmers-herders clash

Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders and victims of the alleged crime, the Secretary to the State Government Dr. Ganiyu Owolabi said the move was…

Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders and victims of the alleged crime, the Secretary to the State Government Dr. Ganiyu Owolabi said the move was to find a permanent solution to the ugly trend.
He expressed worry that the herdsmen reportedly destroyed between six and seven hectares of farm crops on a daily basis across the state adding that it has become a serious cause for concern as it threatened government’s huge investment in agriculture.
  He sympathized with those whose crops were destroyed by the herdsman especially Alhaji Giringi whose about 100,000 hectares of maize and yam farms valued at about N80 million along Ijan road was attacked and destroyed by suspected herdsmen.
State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Jide Arowosafe said there was an influx of Fulani herders in the state adding that many farms including those of Y-CAD participants were reportedly destroyed by the herdsmen in recent times.
He advised the herdsmen to take advantage of the grazing facility at Irele-Ekiti assuring that government would replicate the facility in all local government areas as a way of curbing herdsmen’s excesses.

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