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Agogo Agogo altercation revives ranching law

The altercation has taken about 25 lives, hectors of farm lands destroyed and a heighten insecurity.

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The recent altercation in Agogo in the Ashanti region between indigenes and the nomadic Fulani herdsmen has revived the need for a ranching law to regulate the movement of animals in the country.

The altercation has taken about 25 lives, hectors of farm lands destroyed and a heighten insecurity.

Mr. Mohammed Adam Nashiru, a member of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana at a panel discussion held by the Ghana Journalists Association last year asked government to expedite action on the passage of cattle ranching law .

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Mr. Imam Hanafi Sonde, National Association of Cattle farmers at the same discussion backed the idea as a way of ensuring peace and security.

However, the recent renewed farm destructions in Agogo by grazing cattle under the watch of Fulani herdsmen has revived the need to have a ranching law.

Ghana's neighbouring country, Burkina Faso and fellow ECOWAS member,Mali had passed the Cattle Ranching Laws to protect farmers and their properties.

The haphazard manner of cattle grazing in Agogo has negatively affected crop production and is threatening food security in the country.

The police and the military begun an operation yesterday to flush out the nomadic Fulani herdsmen from the area. It is expected the action will take a month.

The Fulani herdsmen have also been accused of engaging in robbery, rape and the murder of residents in the process.

The Ashanti Regional Best Farmer for 2015 told Accra based Class FM that it is important for the Immigration Service to control the entry of Fulanis into the country, since their presence poses a great threat to locals in the area.

The Kontihene of the Agogo Traditional Area, Nana Kwame Nti has also in multiple media interviews said the Fulani herdsmen are "destroying food crops."

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