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Fulani Herdsmen, Crop farmers Menace, 14 Die

Fourteen people have been confirmed dead by the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Command following the resent conflict between some Fulani herdsmen and crop farmers in the Techiman community.

The tragedy involved  eight Fulani herdsmen and six crop farmers.

Conflict between Fulani herdsmen and crop farmers has been on the rise in recent times in the country claiming many lives.

The problems have to do with crop farmers accusing Fulani herdsmen of destroying their farm crops in the course of grazing their livestock.

The situation has gotten to the point where the two sides of this conflict arm themselves with sophisticated weapons as they go about their farming activities. They attack each other with these weapons with the least provocation.

The current situation has resulted in the killing of more than fourteen people in Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The crop farmers in the area accused the Fulani herdsmen of allowing their cattle to destroy their farms which led to misunderstanding between the two farming groups claiming lives.

Techiman Municipal Fulani Community Chief and Regional Chairman for Ghana National Association of Cattle Farmers (GNACAF), Alhaji Ahmed Ali, confirmed the sad incident to Rite FM saying; ”the incident has indeed taken place and led to the death of more than twelve people from both farming groups, but the situation is now under control and the community is relatively peaceful with the presence of the security personnel.”

Government has established Ranching Project Committee to put mechanisms in place to curtail the menace of the persistent conflict between Fulani herdsmen and crop farmers across the country.

Dr. Kwame Opong Anane, who is the Chairman for the Cattle Ranching Project Committee said, the Committee upon its formation has been working with the various stakeholders a to find holistic and amicable solution to the problems.

”The Committee is formed by the Ministry of Food and Agricultural in collaboration with the National Security Ministry. The Committee was tasked to look for land that can be used for pasture for grazing, including water and accommodation to the Fulani herdsmen within and outside Ghana, who bring their cattle from countries during the dry season to feed them.”

Dr. Oppong Anane added that other responsibilities they have been tasked with include finding appropriate means of transportation of cattle into and across the country without destroying crops.

He has assured Ghanaians his committee will work hard to accomplish the task.

“We are working hard to achieve all these dreams to curtail the situation.” he ended.

Source: prince Paul Amuzu/ritefmonline.org

 

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