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 Local Government Area, Vanguard gathered.
According to an in depth provide, the governor said he had not harvested his rice farm, which is built-in beneath Oracle Business Limited, sooner than the suspected herdsmen set it ablaze.
Orace Farms, which started when the governor was the Chairman of Guma Local Government Area, is into giant 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 Road at gunpoint and stole 30 cows.
The herdsmen struck as soon as extra in 2014 at his Tse- Adorogo, Mbabeagh nation residence and set his rice farm and residential ablaze.
When he grew to turn into governor in 2015, herdsmen as soon as extra set ablaze his rice farm in 2016 and 2017.
The governor expressed concern that herdsmen as soon as extra destroyed crops throughout the state.
He reiterated his known as for ranching of animals, saying there is not a additional land for anyone to feed their cattle throughout the title of grazing.
“I said ranching is the international best practice for animal husbandry. But if anyone has an alternative method, let him bring it to the table,” he said.
Ortom urged youths to not take the regulation into their palms nonetheless report again to security companies if any cattle encroached on farm lands in any part of the state.
The governor knowledgeable The Nation that he would formally go to the rice farm tomorrow to guage the hurt completed to it.
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