Ekiti State Government has set up a 50-man task-force to curb the alleged destruction of farms across the state by the cattle herdsmen.
Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders and victims of the alleged devastating effect of the activities of the herdsmen, the Secretary to Ekiti State Government, Dr. Ganiyu Owolabi said the move was to find a permanent solution to the alarming and frequent occurrence of the ugly development.
He lamented that the herds of cattle reportedly destroy between six to seven hectares of farm crops daily across the state, adding that it has become a serious cause for concern as it threatened government’s huge investment in Agriculture.
The Secretary to the State Government expressed sympathy with the victims whose crops were destroyed by the herdsman especially Alhaji Giringi whose about 100,000 hectares maize and yams farm valued at about N80 million along Ijan road was attacked and destroyed by a suspected herdsman.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Jide Arowosafe, said there was a great influx of Fulanis in the state adding that many farms including those of Y-CAD participants were reportedly destroyed by the herdsmen in recent times.
He advised the herdsmen to take advantage of the grazing facility at Irele-Ekiti adding that government would replicate the facility in all local government areas as a way of curbing herdsmen’s excesses and the rampant destruction of farm lands of innocent farmers.
The Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Oba Adamo Babalola and the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, HRM Oba Rufus Adejugbe Aladesanmi, appealed to various communities in the state to be at alert and report any strange movement of herds men to the police without allowing it to degenerate into any problem.