Food crisis imminent in Taraba, as herders takes over farms

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Fairtrade farmer Mamouna Keita, in Batimaka village, in cotton growing region of Kita, Mali.
By our correspondent in Taraba
July, 31,2019
Efforts by farmers in Taraba state to contribute  their quotas to the economic growth of the nation have no doubt been dashed following the activities of herders whose  cows have continue to graze on farms across the state.

More to that , the ongoing silence killings between the Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups in the southern part of the state would as well no doubt dealt a devastate blow on farming activities as the fear of going into farming in order to avoid being kill or kidnap is now the beginning of wisdom.
The situations as observed by  our correspondent, would no doubt leads to food scarcity as prospective farmers in the state have began to seek for an alternative means of keeping bodies and souls together by venturing into other biasness.
Some of the farmers who bared their minds to Naija247News  , faulted the state government inability to find permanent solutions to herders activities in the state as well as addressing the Tiv/Jukun upheavals .
Government in ability to facilitate the return of  Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their original homes so as to continue with their farming profession, have as well been identified as a major constrain to food production.
Most of the farmers whose farms have now become heavens for grazers, want governments at all levels to as a matter of urgency fashion out ways of checkmating herders activities which they is at the verge of compelling them to dump farming for something else.
The monarch of Kona community, in Jalingo the state capital ,Chief Augustine Njanmeng, who recently raised alarm over the way and manner herders have continue to graze their cows on farms said no fewer than seventy village belonging to the community have presently been taking over by the herders and the crows.
 
The monarch who made this known during an interaction session with media practitioners in his palace , felt sad that  herdsmen are “comfortably grazing on the farms of the displaced people, carrying sophisticated weapons to shoot anyone insight.”
Narrating how the “heavily armed herders” sacked the communities, the people who survived the attacks according to him “ mostly ran to stay at various camps for internally displaced persons and relatives”adding that “It is now so worrisome that these villages that were sacked are now occupied by the armed herdsmen while they continue to graze on the farms that are already at various levels.”
The traditional ruler who also claimed that more than twelve hectres of his  farms have been completely destroyed the herders , said his “ people can not attempt to go back home or to their farms because the herdsmen have taken over these places and are bringing in other herdsmen to settle on these ancestral lands. “

In his word “This is not only barbaric and a deliberate provocation of war, but also a harbinger of serious food crisis ahead of us. When food crops are turned to grazing grounds, it simply means we are making way for hunger. Let me call on the federal government and even the international community to urgently call these marauding herdsmen to order to forestall a situation that no one would be able to control.”

Attempt to extract words from the State chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Sahabi Tukur, failed as he  declined to comment on the issue stating that he had been authorised by his national office not to respond to issues arising from the herders farmers crisis in the state.

Some top government officials who bared their minds on the sad situation also affirmed government in ability to be proactive as major reasons for the situations which is fast brewing crisis.

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