‘Say No to Fulani Herdsmen’ – Nkwanta North DCE declares
From Kofi Nsenya, Damanko
The Nkwanta –North District Chief Executive (DCE) Mr. Martin Kudor has directed all traditional rulers in the area stop to accepting Fulani herdsmen in their communities.
He said that their presence and destructive activities were costing the nation a lot of money,
He recounted for instance that when they invaded the farms last year, the District Security Council spent huge sums of money in driving them away and that the Assembly would no longer tolerate them.
The DCE who gave the directive at this year’s District Farmers Day celebration at Damanko in the Nkwanta- North District pointed out that the main occupation of the people in the area was farming and, therefore, the presence of the Fulani herdsmen and their marauding cattle, was an attack on the economic life of the people.
The Nkwanta- North District identified sixteen farmers who distinguished themselves and were awarded for their commitment to work in the various departments of agriculture. The Best District Farmer is a 52-year-old man, Mr. Mukaila Talah, who cultivated 52 acres of yam, 53 acres of maize, 52 acres of rice and 52 acres of beans. H e received a corn mill, spraying machine and boots while others also took home, bicycles, cutlasses, hoe, spraying machines and pieces of cloths.
Mr Kudor called for support to complement efforts of the Assembly by volunteering information to the Assembly whenever Fulani herdsmen were seen in any part of the District.
He said that the of the government through the District Assembly was being hampered by the activities of the Fulani herdsmen whose only allowed their animals to feed on their crops grown by hardworking farmers.
He continued that government recognized the agricultural sector as the engine of growth of the economy, therefore, all assistance were being given to farmers to improve their activities stressing that government’s intention was to make agriculture very attractive to the people to ensure that it provides more jobs to the unemployed youth since the sector had the potential of reducing unemployment.
He called on the youth interested in agriculture to form groups to enable them to benefit from loans to engage in commercial farming. The Chief of Damanko, Obor Sampson Nboribe adds to the call of the DCE saying, access to funding and mechanized farming implements will attract the youths to farming.