North Darfur govt to protect crops against herders
The North Darfur government will provide security forces to protect crops in Tawila, eastern Jebel Marra, where herders have repeatedly drove their livestock onto farm land.
Angry farmers in the area of Tabit in Tawila locality closed the El Fasher-Nyala road on Monday, to protest against the destruction of crops by livestock grazing.
Farmers from 150 villages set up their tents in the area of Tabit to demand protection during the harvest season.
Military and civilian officials from the North Darfur government visited Gallab and the farmers’ sit-in near Tabit yesterday. The government subsequently announced that a force of six vehicles will be deployed to protect farm lands in Tabit, and a force of two vehicles in Gallab.
One of the farmers at the sit-in told Radio Dabanga that the protestors submitted a memorandum to the government delegation, in which they demanded protection during the agricultural season, removal of cattle from their farms and compensation for destroyed crops, and better services, including clean drinking water and medicines.
The protestors stated that they will continue their sit-in until all their demands are implemented.
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