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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Obiano gives cattle dealers 14-day ultimatum to pay farmers compensation

The governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano has giver cattle dealers in the state 14-day ultimatum to pay compensation to farmers in some communities.

Obiano's ultimatum followed the destruction of crops by some herdsmen in these communities, Vanguard reports.

Speaking on the ultimatum, the southeast zonal chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN), Sadiq Gidado, said the herders have N137,000 to pay to the affected communities in the state.

He said only Ufuma community had an outstanding compensation to be made.

Gidado also promised that the payments will be made within next five days.

He added that compensations have been paid to farmers in Ezeagu, Mbaukwu, Okija, Omo, Aguleri, Ayamelum among others.

He noted that the association and communities had entered into an agreement that if a herdsman destroys farmers crops, the owner of the cattle will pay heavy compensation to the farmers whose crops were destroyed.

"Cattle that were killed last year by aggrieved farmers in some communities were more than 100, but governor Willie Obiano asked the communities to pay for 78 cattle whose cost stood at N50, 000 each," Gidado said.

The herder said it was further agreed that if a cattle is killed, the community will produce the killer or pay compensation to the owner of the cattle at the current market value.
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