Why it’s pivotal to fight farmers-herders clashes in Delta, Bayelsa – Stakeholders (infoguidenigeria.com)

Why it’s pivotal to fight farmers-herders clashes in Delta, Bayelsa – Stakeholders

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Stakeholders in Delta and Bayelsa, said continuous dialogue was the best way to addressing the recurring clashes  between herders and farmers in the two states. NEWSDIARY reports.JAMB Portal

The stakeholders said in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that dialogue would bring about understanding of the enormity of the situation and appropriate sanctions to perpetrators.

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They said that it was important for both herders and farmers to appreciate their interconnectivity in the ecosystem and work to protect each other’s interest.

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The stakeholders said that continuous destruction of farmlands by cattle would only lead to more antagonism towards herders, while urging residents to also learn to involve security agencies whenever there were infractions rather than taking the laws into their hands.JAMB Result

Dr Festus Ebimo, a lecturer at the Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa, said it was important for security agencies to take up the matter seriously before it escalate into crisis.

“I have carried out research about farmers in Ogbia, Kolokuma/Opokuma, Sagbama especially, Yenagoa Local Government Areas.NYSC Portal 

“I have made several complaints in writing and have also held street demonstrations to draw the attention of relevant security agencies and government to the destruction of their crops by cattle, but to no avail.

“Communities such as Elebele, Zarama, Nedugo-Agbia, Igbogene, Gbarantoru, Azikoro, Agudama-Epie, Okaka, may experience serious famine this season because of shortage of food.InformationGuideNigeria

“This is because most of the farmers have abandoned their farms for fear of being harmed or raped,” he claimed.

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