Chiefs in Yei want government to tackle destruction of crops by cattle keepers

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Chiefs in Yei River County and the municipality have lamented that random movement of herds of cattle in farmlands have destroyed crops, which the government should address to avoid conflict.

“Last week, the cattle entered one of the lands of my community members and destroyed all the cassava. This is our living and theirs is cattle,” Abel Sebit Morjan, Minyori, quarter council chief in Yei municipality told TCT on Saturday.

“The government should take this issue seriously and know where have they (cattle) come from so that they go back,” he said.

He complained that the farmers are afraid of farming on a massive scale because cattle keepers are well armed.

Last week, Tore payam head Chief Anthony Amedeo Mauya decried that the large herds of cattle in the payam had destroyed many crops.

“Our brothers who brought many cattle here, had wanted to provoke us but our hearts were strong because we thought they might have escaped from their homes due to fear. We reported to the commissioner about what to do to help those who have their crops all eaten by cattle,” Amedeo said.

The chief said local farmers who lost their crops in cattle destruction were stranded on what next to do, adding that the payam authority had given a report to the county so that the affected people can be helped.

However, Azaria Khemis Noah, the payam director reported that local farmers had resumed farming when cattle keepers started leaving the area with their animals. He said the move was implementation of the resolution reached between cattle keepers and farmers.

“Most of them have moved and the residents are now preparing lands so that when it rains they will plant their first season crops,” he said on phone.

Chiefs in Yei River County and the municipality have lamented that random movement of herds of cattle in farmlands have destroyed crops, which the government should address to avoid conflict.

“Last week, the cattle entered one of the lands of my community members and destroyed all the cassava. This is our living and theirs is cattle,” Abel Sebit Morjan, Minyori, quarter council chief in Yei municipality told TCT on Saturday.

“The government should take this issue seriously and know where have they (cattle) come from so that they go back,” he said.

He complained that the farmers are afraid of farming on a massive scale because cattle keepers are well armed.

Last week, Tore payam head Chief Anthony Amedeo Mauya decried that the large herds of cattle in the payam had destroyed many crops.

“Our brothers who brought many cattle here, had wanted to provoke us but our hearts were strong because we thought they might have escaped from their homes due to fear. We reported to the commissioner about what to do to help those who have their crops all eaten by cattle,” Amedeo said.

The chief said local farmers who lost their crops in cattle destruction were stranded on what next to do, adding that the payam authority had given a report to the county so that the affected people can be helped.

However, Azaria Khemis Noah, the payam director reported that local farmers had resumed farming when cattle keepers started leaving the area with their animals. He said the move was implementation of the resolution reached between cattle keepers and farmers.

“Most of them have moved and the residents are now preparing lands so that when it rains they will plant their first season crops,” he said on phone.

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