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.