The cattle ranching law when actualized will regulate the movement of animals, especially cattle in the country which will safeguard their farms.
Following the battle for property between Fulani herds men and peasant farmers in some parts of the country, the farmers have cried out for the passing of cattle ranching bill into law. The cattle ranching law when actualized will regulate the movement of animals, especially cattle in the country which will safeguard their farms.
The recent activities of the Fulani herdsmen in the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti regions of Ghana, have led to the destruction of farms, properties and loss of lives across the areas. The Fulani herdsmen who rear their cattle in Agogo, Kwahu, and other areas in the Ashanti region, reportedly dominated the area and had their cattle mess up the farms of the people, polluting their sources of water as well livelihoods.
Mohammed Nashiru, the President of the Peasant Farmers Association, who spoke to Citi News said that the law is important as it has proven useful in some West African countries.
Mr Nashiru has narrated the atrocities committed by these herds men and how it has affected the people at the receiving end. According to him, their farms have been rudely destroyed by the herdsmen. Also, in an attempt to stop the herdsmen, so many of their farmers have been killed, with so many of their women, raped by the herdsmen.
Mr Nashiru also emphasized that continuous pollution by the Fulani herds men will subsequently affect food security, hence the need to hasten the cattle ranching law. Stressing the need for the passing of the cattle ranching bill, he said the solution to the problem is not only about driving the men out. However, the law will regulate their movement so they don’t move without restrictions to other areas.
According to reports, the bill is currently with the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade. Also, there have been several consultations held with stakeholders involved.