Wal-Wanne Nigeria Limited, an agricultural company, has alleged that 2,000 cows and armed herdsmen destroyed 750 hectares of its rice plantation in Dubale village Lau Council, Taraba State.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Muhammed Musa, the farm coordinator, said the herdsmen and their cows occupied the plantation at the time the harvest was about to commence.
Musa appealed to security operatives to assist in arresting the perpetrators.
He also called on government to compensate the company and other affected farmers in the area in order to keep the hope of ensuring food security alive.
“As a company, we have been farming rice in many states of the federation, but we have never witnessed destruction of this magnitude. I am so surprised at the manner in which armed herdsmen move about destroying farms in the state,” he said.
The Dubale farm supervisor, Mustapha Mohammed, lamented that their dreams of ranking among the highest rice producing companies in the country had been thwarted by the activities of the herdsmen.
Speaking on the incident, the North-East Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mafindi Danburam, said he was aware of the sad incident and had directed the farmers to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.
He said: “The farmers have drawn my attention to what happened and whose rice farm was invaded. I have told them to try and identify the herders for arrest, because that is the only way we can bring them to book.”
Worried by the prevalence of hunger and poverty in the streets of Anambra State, Favour Ejike a native of Akaboukwu in Uruagu Nnewi and an undergraduate student of Law in Dim Odumegwu University Igbariam Anambra State is set to feed beggars on the street of Anambra State.
Favour Ejike who said she drew her inspiration from the biblical injunction which says “Whosoever that is generous to the poor lends to the lord and he shall repay him for his deeds”
Through her Non-Governmental Organization called Favour Sams Foundation, she will be on the streets of Nnewi, Onitsha and Awka on 18th November 2018 to feed at least 500 beggars and the less-privileged.
In an interview, she stated that the initiative was born out of the need to help the poor, challenged and needy women and struggling families in the society through health advocacy, empowerment and support programs and health and food outreach programs.
She went further to call on government and other individuals especially those who are better placed to develop the habit of giving back to the society, noting that such drive we make our society a better place to live.
Favour Ejike who is also a model, assured that the campaign would be sustained and expanded to other localities in the state and beyond only with the help of contributions of individuals, industries and corporate institutions.
The foundation is currently receiving the support of Prime Specialist Hospital Awka, Chumek Hospital Awka, Skytour oil and lubricants, vine signatures, Havana bakery and Tina Events.
Jakande Fruit Market Maize Sellers Association, Ketu, Lagos, says it has made the disposal of maize husks and other vegetable wastes from the market easy with immediate evacuation. The association’s Vice Chairman, Mr Lawal Nurudeen, who made the assertion in an interview on Monday, said the collection and disposal of the maize husk from the market was organised in a way that it was evacuated immediately the corn is sifted.
“The waste truck that takes the maize husks and other perishable vegetable waste are stationed daily at the road corner near the market.
“The truck is different from the ones arranged by the market association that collect mixed waste from the market. “Wheelbarrow pushers, over 20 of them, who carry the vegetable waste mainly maize husks from the market to offload them into the truck are at hand, he disclosed.
“The boys are paid by the maize sellers and they in turn have their own payment agreements with the truck driver. “The husks are taken to the factory that turns them into fertiliser that are sold back to farmers to use on their farms.’’
Nurudeen said that the truck collecting the maize husks and other valuable vegetable wastes did not accept any other type of wastes. He said that with this way, the sellers on their own started sorting out the waste to make it easy for the companies that needed them.
The vice-chairman said that some other groups in the market could also sort their waste for easy collection and disposal if companies indicated interest in using them as raw materials.
He said that farmers sent the maize sold in the market straight from their farms with each bag of maize properly identified as belonging to a particular farmer.
Nurudeen said the maize were sold to customers by the sellers on behalf of the farmers. He said that the association only collected ground rent from the sellers and the buyers, while the money from the sales were taken to the farmers.
Nurudeen added that the association also supervised the sale of the maize brought by farmers to ensure that their money was taken to them. He said the market had been functioning like that and that there had never been problems or complaints by farmers. (NAN)