For the 2015 Ashanti Region Best Farmer Edward Asadu, it was a tearful loss which will no longer be condoned. The man who had his farm completely razed by the Fulani herdsmen is ready for war as he armed his wife with a pump action gun.
Mr Edward Asadu lost large tracts of his 25-acre cassava and plantain farm which was being used to experiment a new variety in Agogo where tensions are high. This is because of the alleged criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen who kill, rape and maim farmers as they take over farmlands as grazing area for their cattle. He could not hold back his tears as he recounted his immeasurable losses brought to him by the violent Fulani herdsmen.
In a country like this where the government does not help the farmers and it happens to you like this, if you have gone for a loan what can you do? Maybe find something to shoot yourself or take medicine [to die]” he sobbed and broke down in tears.”
I would not encourage anybody to invest in a farm,” he added bitterly.
However, he got some comforting words from the Konogo Divisional Commander Supt. Ohene Boadi Bossman.
Security forces have moved in to clamp down on the activities of the nomads. Three patrol teams are already in the bush Wednesday morning led by the Konogo Divisional commander. Military vehicles are patroling the town with policemen armed to the teeth. But the residents are prepared to take matters into their own hands.
They are actually ready to defend themselves. And as earlier mentioned, Edward has given his wife a gun to use and scare away the hooligans who call themselves herdsmen. When asked by a security personnel what she was doing with a gun, Asadu’s wife responded: “It is for self-defence,” and seriously, some days ago, she had need for it when a Fulani man with cattle refused to leave her farm. She was forced to fire a warning shot before the was compelled to flee with his cattle.
The Fulani herdsmen have been consistently accused of engaging in violent crimes against the locals in the area and other parts of the country where they have settled.
A 25-year-old farmer, David Atea, was shot dead in his farm by Fulani herdsmen in Agogo in the Ashanti Akyem North District of the Ashanti Region. The latest killing has triggered anger in the area.
In Agogo, the major means of livelihood is farming, without which there’ll be little work left in the community to do to make ends meet.