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Centre links high cost of food to farmers/herders clashes

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 11, 2016, 08:13:32 AM

The Centre for Democratic Development Research and Training (CEDDERT), Zaria, has attributed the present high cost of grains in the country to persistent clashes between farmers and herdsmen. In a one-day seminar tagged “A Re-Evaluation of the Farmer Pastoralist Conflicts in Nigeria with Reference to Dansadau, Sabuwa and Birnin Gwari Communities of Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna States”, which took place in Kaduna, CEDDERT said its research showed that prices of grains would only come down when the clashes are addressed.

According to the centre, despite the recent military operation at the affected areas, uneasy calm still exist.

“In some areas, farmers have started taking the risk of going back to their farms hitherto abandoned due to attacks by criminal bandits who kill with AK 47. Local commerce appears to be making slow recovery as markets reopen. But there is still a high sense of insecurity in the area with the Fulani in control of the forest and the Hausa in control of the towns and villages. “The prices of agricultural produce have risen considerably. A bag of maize, which used to cost N5,500.00 has risen to between N15,000 and N18,000 since the escalation of the conflict. This is partly because majority of the farmers in the areas have been prevented from farming. An estimated 40 per cent of the rural dwellers, most of them farmers, have fled the areas,” CEDDERT said.

 It explained that the conflict is now forcing parents to drug their children in the night to prevent them from crying, just as it forced many herdsmen to move to the North-Central and the South, which is generating another set of conflicts.

It added: “At nights, families evacuate children to safer neighbourhoods. To keep the hideouts concealed, children are given doses of sleeping drugs so that they do not cry and reveal the hideouts. The common drug used is Benelyne codeine. The situation presently is very delicate.”

Also, the seminar noted arbitrary conversion of the age old grazing reserves into private farms and settlements by state governments as one of the major factors aggravating the conflict. It observed that cattle rustling by armed bandits, kidnapping, rape and other abuses are new dimension to the farmers/ herdsmen conflict, saying that the crisis has extended to some West African countries. Influx of arms and herdsmen from abroad are other dimensions that are fuelling the conflict, the seminar observed. The centre urged the federal government to use the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), ministries of defence, internal and external affairs to set up a committee on reconciliation.

The seminar also advised government to support pastoralists in adopting modern technique of raising livestock with the support of agricultural research institutes.

Re: Centre links high cost of food to farmers/herders clashes

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 11, 2016, 08:21:16 AM
This was bound to happen.

Re: Centre links high cost of food to farmers/herders clashes

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : September 11, 2016, 07:56:14 PM
When there is peace, all will be well. Its absence brings about problem. I hope we will overcome this soon.

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