By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Centre for Niger Delta Studies, in conjunction with the Bayelsa State Conflict Management Alliance, yesterday, commenced the setting up of “No Grazing” signposts in farm areas in Yenagoa and its environs.
The no grazing signposts were conspicuously mounted in farm areas to prevent herdsmen from grazing in such areas and in the process destroy the crops of local farmers.
Director of Centre for Niger Delta Studies, Dr. Sunday Abaraye, convener of the awareness campaign, said that the exercise was aimed at encouraging herdsmen to relocate to the state government approved Bayelsa Palm Estate.
He said: “The aim of mounting the no grazing signposts at designated farm areas is to promote peaceful coexistence in our communities. The herdsmen will know that they cannot come in here with their cattle and graze anywhere they see vegetation. The government’s new policy is that cattle should be taken to the Bayelsa Palm for grazing.
“Accordingly, we have decided to provide signs, “no grazing area” around designated farm areas so as to avert a situation where the herdsmen will move in their cattle and destroy what the local farmers had laboured to plant as witnessed in other states.
“We have the plan to take the exercise to our rural communities in all the local government areas after we are done with Yenagoa, the state capital. This, we believe, will help avert conflict between farmers and the herdsmen because the latter will be guided by the ‘no grazing’ warning posts.”