Jigawa farmers decry herdsmen’s activities, warn of imminent clashes

The farmers accused the herdsmen of allowing their cattle to graze on farms.

Some farmers in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital, have expressed concern over the activities of Fulani herdsmen ravaging plantations in the area.

Dozens of herdsmen with their cattle had arrived at the Warwade irrigation sites in search of pasture.

A cross section of the farmers said in Dutse on Wednesday that they were apprehensive over the appearance of the herdsmen in the area.

The state had recorded various clashes between farmers and pastoralists leading to loss of lives and property in recent years. The lingering crisis is attributed to the influx of herdsmen from neighbouring countries into the state.

To address the problem, the state government had embarked on the establishment of 50 grazing lands and demarcated cattle routes.

Other measures employed by the state government include the establishment of a special farmers/herdsmen tribunal, as well as conflict resolution committees in the 27 local government areas of the state.

Ubale Nasidi, a farmer, said the herdsmen had ravaged his watermelon plantation in the last three days.

He alleged that the herdsmen, who were armed with swords and sticks, released more than 1,000 cattle to graze on his farmland.

“Some farmers came to my assistance and chased the cattle out of the plantations. It was only a miracle that the situation did not degenerate into confrontation,” he said.

Another farmer, Abdullahi Sabo, said that the high influx of the herdsmen to the area could lead to clashes due to aggressive and violent behaviour of the herdsmen.

Mr. Sabo alleged that the herdsmen used to intimidate farmers with dangerous weapons whenever they tried to stop them from grazing on their farmlands.

He called for the adoption of urgent measures to forestall break down of law and order.

Commenting on the development, the Ward Head of the area, Musa Ado, appealed for calm and urged farmers to exercise caution in dealing with the herdsmen.

Mr. Ado also warned the herdsmen against indiscriminate trespass on farmlands, stressing that farmers and pastoralists should co-exist peacefully for sustainable development in the state.

(NAN)


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