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Grazing livestock destroy tracts of Darfur food crops

October 22 - 2017 KUTUM / FORO BARANGA
Farmers in Foro Baranga, West Darfur (File photo: Albert González Farran / Unamid)
Farmers in Foro Baranga, West Darfur (File photo: Albert González Farran / Unamid)

Farmers in North Darfur’ Kutum locality complain that large tracts of farmland have been destroyed by herders driving livestock onto farms, while their complaints to the police and Unamid go unanswered.

Several farmers independently told Radio Dabanga that they are powerless to prevent the armed herders from driving their livestock including camels and cattle onto farms. They say that especially in Si Janna, Folo, Wadi Zuma, and Wadi Tali, fields of millet, sorghum, okra, watermelon, and Faggous cucumber have been destroyed.

This represents a major loss, as the crops are ready to be harvested They said they have filed several complaints to the authorities and Unamid without any response.

West Darfur

Farmers of Foro Baranga of West Darfur have also complained of armed herders driving sheep and goats onto their farms by force of arms.

The farmers demanded that the authorities to intervene to protect them and their farms against violations and abuses by herders.

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