The Cassava Growers Group in Ikole, Ekiti, on Monday decried the activities of herdsmen who allowed their cattle to destroy farmers crops thereby resulting in little or no yields.
Mr Oludotun Fadipe, the leader of the group told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikole that this had discouraged majority of the jobless youths from going into farming.
According to him, some youths who have shown interest in joining the group to cultivate cassava during the forthcoming farming season are now sceptical because of the havoc caused by the herdsmen.
He said: “Most of the youths in our community who had indicated interest to join us are now afraid to invest in farming.
“This is because they want to avoid the misfortune that befell many farmers who had borrowed money to finance their farms but are now in huge debts.
“Some of the youths in Iyemero, Itapaji, Ipao and Ayedun where cassava is cultivated in large quantities recounted the experiences of farmers whose farms were destroyed recently by the herdsmen.
“The affected farmers in Iyemero village in Ikole Local Government Area are still crying over the destruction of their cassava farms by herdsmen who graze on their crops.
“Yet, there has been no compensation to them from anywhere till now,’’ he said.
Fadipe said that there was need to check the activities of herdsmen if the diversification of the economy to agriculture by government was to yield positive result.
He urged traditional rulers across the states to liaise with security operatives and other government security agencies to check the activities of herdsmen.