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Herdsmen: Ondo State govt. proposes anti-grazing bill

Worried by the incessant attacks on farms and killings of farmers in Ondo State by herdsmen over grazing, the state government is proposing anti-grazing bill to curtail their menace.

Speaking on the atrocities of the herdsmen in the state, the Senior Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Agriculture, Mr. Akin Olotu, said the menace of herdsmen is getting out of hands, saying no fewer than four farmers were killed in the last three weeks by the herdsmen.

Apart from this, Olotu said about ten hectares of cassava farmland was destroyed by the herdsmen and their cattle in Owo, Owo local government area of the state while some of the farmers were injured during the attack.

He said the activities of the herdsmen were not limited to a particular area in the state but across the state.

He explained that ponds and apiary worth millions of Naira were destroyed by the cattle and the herdsmen saying the fishes were taken while the honey comb were badly harvested by the herdsmen.

He however said the state government is proposing anti-grazing bill to stem down the menace of the herdsmen while all herdsmen operating in the state and their cows would be registered with codes to identify them.

Olotu who advocated for the modern method of rearing cattle in the country called on security agencies and stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the frequent clashes between the herdsmen and farmers in the state.

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