Over 20,000 hectares of rice farm belonging to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom have been set ablaze by suspected herdsmen in Tse-Adorogo, Mbabeagh, Nzorov, Guma Native Authorities Space.
In a phone interview with The Nation, the governor stated he had not harvested his rice farm, which is integrated underneath Oracle Enterprise Restricted, earlier than the suspected herdsmen set it ablaze.
Orace Farms, which began when the governor was the Chairman of Guma Native Authorities Space, is into huge rice and soybeans cultivation.
It was learnt that this was the fourth time Ortom’s farms had been attacked.
When he was Minster of State in former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, suspected herdsmen attacked his Oracle Farm on Naka Street at gunpoint and stole 30 cows.
The herdsmen struck once more in 2014 at his Tse- Adorogo, Mbabeagh nation house and set his rice farm and home ablaze.
When he grew to become governor in 2015, herdsmen once more set ablaze his rice farm in 2016 and 2017.
The governor expressed concern that herdsmen once more destroyed crops within the state.
He reiterated his known as for ranching of animals, saying there isn’t any extra land for anybody to feed their cattle within the title of grazing.
“I stated ranching is the worldwide finest follow for animal husbandry. But when anybody has an alternate technique, let him carry it to the desk,” he stated.
Ortom urged youths to not take the regulation into their palms however report back to safety companies if any cattle encroached on farm lands in any a part of the state.
The governor instructed The Nation that he would formally go to the rice farm tomorrow to evaluate the injury accomplished to it.
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