Source:savannanews24.com/ Hamza Lansah Lolly:
Some Fulani herdsmen have alleged to have burnt down about 70 acres of rice farm in Sakori near Janga in the West Mamprusi district of the Northern Region.
The fire started early hours of Wednesday but before farmers could reach the farm the fire has engulfed the whole area.
The farmers tried to prevent the spread but watch helpless as the fire raze the whole farm.
The owner of the farm Mr. Braimah Sayibu alleged that some Fulani herdsmen in the area have been burning their farm produce every year, adding that, the Fulani herdsmen after allowing their cattle to graze on the farms will then burnt the farm.
Mr. Sayibu who is the CEO of Tamanaa Company Limited in an interview said, a lot of livelihoods have been lost as a result of the fire, saying that, he was expected about 3,000 bags of rice on that farm.
He said, another 20 acres of rice farm was burnt last week in Boamasa.
The CEO of Tamanaa Company Limited revealed that, same time last year, his 20 acres of rice farm was burnt, “i was so devastated but i left everything in the hands of God”.
Mr. Saibu accused some chiefs in the area of aiding the notorious Fulani herdsmen to carry out their criminal activities.
He stated that, farmers in the area have also resolved to teach the Fulanis herdsmen a lesson, “we cannot more trust our chiefs…..they are always aiding and helping this Fulanis to cause mayhem….they (chiefs) have disappointed us”.
Mr. Saibu therefore vowed to expose traditional authorities in the area who took brides from the Fulani people to aid and shield them anytime they (Fulanis) find themselves in the wrong side of the law.
The Police Commander in the area, DSP Sarpong Aboagye in a telephone interview said, his out fit is currently investigating an issue of cattle grazing on someone rice farm but however denied that, no one reported the burning of the 70 acres of rice farm to his office.
Meanwhile, two Fulanis (name held) have been arrested by the Walewale police in connection with the grazing of rice farm by their cattle.
The suspect has since been granted bail.