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Agricmedia Boss, Abioye, Laments Herders’ Attacks on His Igangan Farm

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By Richard Thomas, Ibadan

Consequent  upon the passage of the anti-Open grazing Bill into law  in October 2019 by the Oyo State  House of Assembly, the menace of the herders in some parts of the  state  seem to be unabated as some herders again have destroyed farm of  Agribusiness  expert, Olufemi Abioye  worth  millions of Naira  in Igangan area of Ibarapa North Local government in the state.

The Chief Executive Officer of Agricmedia,  Abioye whose farm has again been  damaged  by  herders in that area lamented the incessant attacks on his farms, a development  which had  brought  great loss to his farm business on same land.

Speaking with Western Post News,  Abioye said the recent havoc was wrecked in two nights, between Thursday 12 and  Friday  of December 2019 in which  his America sweet corn farm with high irrigations system worth million of Naira was destroyed.

“This development which has been  occurring  over  sometimes  had been on the account of  8 investors who have lost over N32 Million  worth of  Agribusiness investments”

“In just two nights, the herders grazed their cattle into my farm and destroyed my irrigated American  sweet corn farm worth millions of naira, it was the latest which happened between  Thursday 12 and Friday  13 December 2019.

“This was not the first time the  herders  will damage crops in  the same farm in Akoya village,  Igangan in Ibarapa Local Government, they  destroyed 20 acres of maize farm between June and July 219. They also destroyed my water melon farm by cutting into  pieces the matured ones with cutlass.”

“Agricmedia  farms have lost  over N10 million naira  of our Agribusiness  investments withing August 2018 and December 2019 at this farm location to the herds men destructive grazing acts.

The Agribusiness expert who recalled that  the developments  have  been occurring since 2018 informed Western Post News  that over 45 acres of cassava farm was destroyed in 2018 and over 60 acres of  cashew plantation was damaged  in 2018 through stampeding of the cattle by herders.

Abioye who   identified  Umar Yusuf as the herder who committed the recent menace  informed  Western Post News that he has since reported the case to the police station in the area for action, however, this damage was one of the havoc wrecked  on his farm in 2019 without justice.

“I reported  the matter to the police station but the herders menace has continued unabated”

Abioye then called on the state government and security agencies   to  take measures that will put the situation under control.

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