OVER 100 acres of ripe mangoes and pineapple plantations have been set ablaze in Esa Oke of Obokun East Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Osun State, Nigerian Tribune authoritatively gathered.
They subsequently called on the state government under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola that leased the farmlands to them at Esa Oke Farm Settlement to come to their rescue in checkmating the destruction of their crops, which they claimed serves as their sources of livelihood.
“It is not only me that was affected, there are several farms located in Esa Oke Farm Settlement. My allotment there is five acres.
“This is a threat to Yoruba economy and enough is enough” saying there was a critical need for the government and relevant security agencies to explore pro-active measures in putting an end to the worrisome activities Fulani herdsmen.
“Our issue now is clearing, and fixing our irrigation infrastructure. On another note, we know they harvest our cucumbers to feed their cattle, but that is a different story,” Obembe lamented.
She alleged that the herders grazed their cattle on the farm and harvested some ripe cassava tubers and bunch of plantain to feed their cows, saying she had lost millions of naira to the development.
He said the government was taking proactive measure to foster peace and harmony among Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the state, assuring that efforts were ongoing to sustain peace and avert any clash between farmers and herders.
– Nigerian Tribune