Farmers in Broto, a farming community in the Damongo Municipality of the Savannah Region are threatening to abandon farming completely and concentrate more on the felling of trees for charcoal production in commercial quantities.

According to the aggrieved farmers, their farms are under siege by cattle belonging to fulani herdsmen in the area.

Speaking exclusively to Bole based Nkilgi FM, Mr Salia Sissala whose main occupation is farming said, it is of no use to spend much of his time and energy as a farmer only for Fulani herdsmen to come into his farm with their cattle to destroy his crops.

"I am therefore tempted to go into charcoal burning this year because the animals do not eat charcoal", he threatened.

Mr Salia also blamed traditional authorities in the area for always supporting the Fulani herdsmen anytime a complaint is lodged over destruction of their farms.

He has therefore called on the authorities to as soon as possible come to their aid by warning the Fulani herdsmen to desist from using their cattle to destroy their farms which is their only source of livelihood.

Chief appeals for calm

Chief of Broto, Naa Dasah, is however calling for calm among the people, saying that, the traditional authorities in the region are working hard to amicably solve the problem.

He said, abandoning farming for charcoal production as being threatened is not an option because, the entire region is already bearing the brunt of climate change as a result of the uncontrollable felling of trees for charcoal production.

"Our rivers are already drying up and we are receiving small amount of rainfall, all because of how people have destroyed the forest for their selfish gains and I will appeal to my people to calm down whiles we take steps to resolve the issue", he said.

According to Naa Dasah, the activities of the Fulani herdsmen is having a negative effect on the lives of the people and at some places, foodstuff for households is becoming very difficult because of the level of farm destruction in the area.

"We are aware of all that is happening and I have summoned the leadership of the Fulani community to discuss the possible options available and we will soon arrive with the lasting solution to enable the farmers benefit from their labour", he assured.

The scuffle between the Broto community and the Fulani herdsmen had existed for some years now and there were instances where cattle were gunned down for destroying people's farms.

But, Naa Dasah is assuring to provide lasting solution to the problem.

Story by Zion Abdul-Rauf- Broto- Savannah Region