BY KOJO ANSAH
THERE IS a looming clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the Fanteakwa North District of the Eastern Region.
The farmers, numbering about 300, have armed themselves with weapons, including locally-manufactured guns and many rounds of ammunition, machetes and sticks and currently invaded the bush and forest reserve where the herders have established tents.
According to the farmers, thousands of cattle, brought mostly from the Afram Plains, are destroying their farm produce and attacking farmers in the area.
The herders, apart from destroying the crops of the farmers, have also destroyed about 210 hectares of trees planted by the Forestry Commission and Youth in Afforestation under the NABCO module.
The furious farmers say the police have failed to take action despite lodging many complaints with them police and that they have also notified other security agencies at the regional level to no avail, hence their intention to take the laws into their own hands to deal with the herders.
The farmers from communities such as Besibuom, Ahoman, Adentaem, Kwaku Botwe, Asiato and Akukurutu say they will shed blood in self-defence should the need arise.
Starr News’s Eastern Regional Correspondent, Kojo Ansah, reports that there is no police presence yet in the communities and the farmers were firing warning shots in the bush. .