Herdsmen wait for us go to bed before ‘unleashing’ cattle on our farmlands – Kebbi Farmers

Farmers in Zagga district of Bagudo Local Government Area in Kebbi State have decried the persistent destruction of their farm produce by cattle breeders.

Alh Gazali Abubakar, the District Chairman of the All Farmers Association (AFAN) in the area, disclosed this on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zagga village.

He lamented the instances of cattle breeders engaged in midnight grazing on their farmlands, adding that ”they sent their cattle to graze over our farmlands when we went to bed.

He said that many farmers in the area had lost significant quantity of farmland and produce, stressing that this has discouraged some AFAN members from partaking in agriculture.

Alhaji Mainasara Zagga, the District Head of Zagga, confirmed the incidences to NAN, saying that the matter has been reported to the police.

He called on the State Government to revive cattle routes with a view to safeguarding the farmers as well as preventing unnecessary clash between the farmers and the cattle breeders.

He also called on the affected farmers to exercise patience and caution as government is working towards handling the matter urgently.

Some of the affected farmers, Bello Umar and Aliyu Zagga, told NAN that they lost farm produce worth hundred of thousands of Naira as a result of the overnight grazing on their farmlands.

According to them, several complaint letters were submitted to authourities concerned but no action was taken to address the matter.

NAN reports that the farming communities in Kebbi have been enjoying relative peace with cattle breeders due to stringent measures put in place by them.

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