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Livestock Farmers Receive Credit

2007-08-06 13:09:51
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Livestock farmers in the Tamale Metropolis have received a credit facility totalling GH¢28,400 (¢284 million) to enable them to improve on their production to earn more income and also ensure food security in the metropolis.

In all, 17 farmers have benefited from the package that was disbursed by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA).

The Tamale Metropolitan Director of Agriculture, MrZakaria Fuseini, announced this in a speech read on his behalf at a day’s sensitisation workshop in Tamale to deliberate on the regulatory policy on the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the area.

It was organised by the Northern Livestock Farmers Association(NOLFA).

The director recognised the signficant role of livestock farming to the agriculture sector and the economic growth of the country, and urged the people to engage actively in it to improve on their lot.

He, however, advised farmers in that sector not to hesitate to seek expert advice from veterinary officers any time they encountered difficulties or found unusual behaviours in the animals.

Mr Fuseini called on members of NOLFA to join hands with relevant agencies to address. the menace of some Fulani herdsmen whose activi ties were becoming dangerous to society.

An Assistant Commissioner of the Immigration Service in charge of Alien Registration in the Northern Region, Mr Sumaila Seidu, also expressed concern about the criminal activities of some of the herdsmen.

He mentioned armed robbery, rape, destruction of farmlands and pollution of water bodies, as some of the practice of those herdsmen that sometimes resulted in conflicts between them and the people.

Mr Seidu explained that it was as a result of checking on such negative activities that his outfit had begun registering and issuing the herdsmen with an Alien Registration Cards.

"I would, therefore, entreat you and those at the communities to co-operate and collaborate with us to flush out the recalcitrant ones amongst them," he intimated.

source: Graphic

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