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Central Darfur measures to protect farms

November 11 - 2015 ZALINGEI
Farmers in Bahar El Arab locality, East Darfur (file photo)
Farmers in Bahar El Arab locality, East Darfur (file photo)

The Central Darfur authorities passed a new law to regulate farming and herding, and the passageways for the annual migration of livestock to the south.

Governor Jaafar Abdelhakam told Radio Dabanga that anyone who drives livestock onto farms will be fined. In addition to a fine of SDG5,000 ($812) to SDG10,000 ($1,624), the owner will have to compensate the damage his animals cause to the crops.

He said that the agricultural season in Central Darfur is doing well, after late rains gave the farmers the opportunity to cultivate their lands.

The Central Darfur government also established a “Higher Committee for the Protection of the Agricultural Season” chaired by the Governor. The Committee consists of members of the state’s security committee, civil departments, herders, and farmers.

Abdelhakam explained that the Committee is working on improving the security situation, as well as on peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution.

The governor called through Radio Dabanga upon the herders and farmers to cooperate with the Committee to develop a secure and stable situation and the success of the agricultural season.

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