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North Darfur herders and farmers discuss cooperation

June 17 - 2020 KUTUM / EL WAHA
Destroyed fruit trees in Kutum in June 2018, apparently an attempt by nomads to prevent displaced farmers to return to their lands (RD)
Destroyed fruit trees in Kutum in June 2018, apparently an attempt by nomads to prevent displaced farmers to return to their lands (RD)

The forum to discuss the relations between farmers and herdsmen in the localities El Waha and Kutum in North Darfur stressed the need to reduce frictions between the two groups.

This is necessary to secure that the crops of this agricultural season can be harvested, it was said.

When presenting the results of its work, the forum stated the need for joint actions to open paths and tracks so that herders can pass the farms while their cattle are not entering the farm lands.

Leaders of the native administrations, and representatives of both farmers and herders in Kutum and El Waha participated in the forum. They unanimously agreed on the need to enforce laws that deter transgressions. Adequate security forces in Kafwat and its neighbouring area must be deployed to protect the crops.

The participants also called for a special forum to address the issue of tracks and paths that were closed because of the war.

They advised the formation of local committees to protect crops and reduce frictions, make clear the exact locations of the tracks, and complete the collection of illegal weapons.


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