Group advocates peaceful dialogue between farmers and herdsmen
The Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), in collaboration with Friends of Lake Turkana, Kenya, has advocated peaceful community dialogue between herdsmen and farmers.
Speaking, yesterday, in Abuja during a community dialogue between famers and herdsmen, Director HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey, said solution to community problems are within the communities, and that having people could solve problems through interactive discussions.
He explained that the challenges people are facing in terms of land; food and farmers-herdsmen conflicts are due to climate change and global warming.
He stressed the need for herdsmen and farmers to live in a way that is mutually supportive, adding, “we need to return to local indigenous knowledge. Our farmers use to farm and leave some land fallow. If the land is left for some years, cattle can actually pass through without creating much harm; rather they would fertilise the land with their dung. This would bring about a mutually beneficial relationship.”
The Director Friends of Lake Turkana Kenya, Ikal Ang’Ele, said: “Any development depends on the natural environment, whether land that people produce food on, trees that people survive on, water or the air. It is critical that community and citizens are part of the conversation.”
Chief Nicholas Chibueze, Community leader Aco, Sabo-Lugbe, who is also a farmer, urged Federal Government to be sincere and devise a way of solving problem between herdsmen and farmers across the country.
National Secretary, Fulani Herdsmen, Bayero Shewu, said: “There are ways of checkmating the issues and overcoming the problems of climate change. From today’s dialogue, we have learned that wherever we are moving to, we need to seek permission from the community and let them know that we are coming for a purpose, and not just moving in without permission,” he stated.
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