As farmers begin the 2021 harvest, the Gombe State government has revealed the necessary steps are being taken to avoid conflict between farmers and ranchers in the state.
Information and Culture Commissioner Julius Ishaya, who told Gombe on Friday, added that the measures were part of resolutions adopted at an enlarged Security Council meeting, which took place. held Wednesday.
The meeting was chaired by Governor Inuwa Yahaya, in the presence of all heads of state security agencies.
Ishaya said the council ordered that there be no farming and grazing activities between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. across the state.
âGrazing by miners in any part of the state has been banned, while the council has ordered farmers to harvest their produce as quickly as possible.
“Farmers are not allowed to burn the rest of their produce after their crops have been harvested,” he said, stressing that this was forbidden so that herders could take the rest to feed their livestock.
Likewise, the commissioner said migrant herders were not allowed to enter or leave the state until farmers had harvested their produce.
He urged farmers to ensure that all harvesting activities are completed by the end of January 2022.
Ishaya said the state government earlier this year established a committee to refine ways to ensure there is no conflict between farmers and ranchers in the state. .
All of these measures, he said, were aimed at avoiding any form of conflict and protecting the crop for the current crop year, “knowing full well that the season has not been good in some parts of the country.”
“So what little we have cultivated we should be able to protect so that we don’t end up in a food crisis,” he said.
Ishaya called on the media to help disseminate the guidelines to various communities and support the government’s decision to ensure peaceful coexistence between the state’s farmers and herders.