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07.10.2014 Business & Finance

Peasant Farmers Advocate Cattle Ranching Law

By Daily Guide
Peasant Farmers Advocate Cattle Ranching Law
LISTEN OCT 7, 2014

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) has advocated the passage of a Cattle Ranching Law to help check the destruction of farms by cattle.

Speaking to journalists in Bolgatanga on Thursday, John Akaribo, Focal Person of the PFAG, expressed concern about the spate of cattle rustling and the destruction of farms by herdsmen, particularly the Fulanis and said until Parliament passed a law to regulate the movement of cattle, the problem would persist.

'Scores of farmers who constantly experience the destruction of their

farms by Fulani herdsmen are also withdrawing from farming.

All these will affect agriculture productivity if nothing concrete is

done to reverse the trend,' he stressed.
Mr Akaribo cited the rape of innocent Ghanaian women on their farms by some recalcitrant Fulani herdsmen and stressed the need for the regulation of the ECOWAS Protocol on free movement of animals.

He, therefore, urged Ghana to learn international best practices from neighbouring Burkina Faso and Mali, who had passed the Cattle Ranching Laws to protect farmers and properties.

He noted that as a result of the laws in those countries, the movement

of animals had been regulated there, saying herdsmen from those

countries have taken advantage of the weak laws in Ghana to move

their cattle into the country on larger scale to feed on the country's fodder.

—GNA

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