Dzalele farmers support action against herdsmen

FARMERS at Dzalele, in the Akatsi North District, have commended the Volta Regional Minister, Madam Helen Adjoa Ntoso, for deciding to extend ‘Operation Cowleg’ for another two weeks.

The joint police-military exercise is to flush out nomadic Fulanis and their herds of cattle out of the region.

A physically-challenged farmer, John Atama, said he had lost 15 acres of maize, okro, tomatoes, pineapples and beans in the renewed invasion by the herds.

Another farmer, Madam Grace Yaya, said the Fulanis and their herds had taken away her livelihood as the animals had occupied her farm, expressing worry that she could no longer cater for her children.

The farmers alleged that the nomads were armed and ready to attack any local who challenged them.

The Paramount Chief, Torgbui Kwami Dogli, assured the “Operation Cow Leg” team of the full co-operation of the people of Dzalele.

“We will help with relevant information on their whereabouts and also expose some chiefs conniving with the nomads for personal gains.”

The assemblyman of the area, Gershon Ketsi, said in an interview last Friday, that the extension of the exercise would also prevent a possible clash between the locals and the Fulanis.

He said about 20 of the herdsmen who left for Togo when the exercise commenced earlier this month, had returned with about six other cattle herds.

According to the assemblyman, the herds had already destroyed crops on   about 100 acres of farmlands in the villages of Adzidotinu and Agbondo.

“Our dams and streams have all dried up due to the activities of their cattle on our land,” he added.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ave-Dzalele    

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