As part of its contributions towards seeking permanent solution to the lingering crisis between farmers and herdsmen in the country, a group, Community of Allied Farmers Association (COMAFAS) has suggested a way of ending the imbroglio.
In a letter by the association’s president, Comrade Austin Maduka, to the chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum titled: “Letter of Condolence”, the association particularly sympathised with the governor and people of Benue state for the waste of human lives.
The letter said the association had entered into agreement with a private agro firm known as Nasco Vasco Ltd for the production of what it called Solar Animal Repeller, a technological device which can discourage animals from grazing on any farm plot.
He said the product’s demonstration had elicited wide acceptance and would ensure that “whenever any cattle comes close to any plot of farm, they will voluntarily withdraw from touching those crops because of the technology”. He noted that the technology is harmless to the animals and crops.
Maduka said his association had been in talks with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association on the need for them to collaborate towards peaceful co-existence, saying “it is also working on developing ranches as the modern method of raising cattle”.
COMAFAS sympathised with the governments of Rivers, Adamawa, Borno, Taraba and Kaduna states over the spate of killings in the states in recent times.
It could be recalled that following clashes between local farmers and herdsmen in these states, lives have been lost, the latest of which is Benue in where over 70 people especially women and children were killed in the early days of the New Year.