Food Crisis: Gombe Restricts Farmers, Cattlemen Activities, Ban Underaged Herders

The Gombe State Government has prohibited underaged herders from operating within the state. The state also resolved to fix farming, grazing times to mitigate reoccurring farmers, herders clashes, especially during harvest, Neptune Prime can report.

Announcing the decision of a council meeting held on Wednesday, on expanded security, Commissioner for Information and Culture, Julius Ishaya said the farming season has not been productive in some parts, adding that the little that has been achieved should be protected.

Ishaya said the decision will not only allow for peaceful co-existence between farmers and herders in the state, but it would also ensure the state doesn’t run into a food crisis.

Ishaya said, “The expanded state security council met and deliberated on a number of issues, especially on the issues of farmers and herders and other sundry issues were considered and made the following resolutions; after a thorough deliberation the council directed that there shall be no farming and grazing activities as from 6 pm to 6 am. Likewise, grazing by underaged children is also prohibited.

“The Council also directed that farmers must work hard to get their harvest done as quick as possible and they are not allowed to folder the remnant on their farms this is to ensure that after they are done with their harvest herders can come and benefit from it. The Council also directed that migrating herders and their cattle are not allowed into Gombe State until after harvest which will last till the end of January 2022 this will ensure the state does not run into a food crisis”.

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