With the menace of kidnapping becoming a rampant criminal activity in our present society, the profitable occupation of farming has been projected to slow down particularly in Taraba state where an alarming rate of the criminal activity experienced.
As of late, reliable sources in Taraba have disclosed that the farmers residing in the rural communities have been subject to uncurbed terrorism by the outlaws
Going by gathered investigative findings, L.G.As in the state (Local Government Areas ) such as; Bali, Lau, Gassol, Ardo-Kola, and Karim-Lamido are among those presently witnessing this incessant societal ill, as a shocking number of residents have been regularly terrorised by these outlaws who in most cases kidnap them either on their way to the farm or while working on the farms.
The impact of this menace can be said to be clear, as it has taken its toll on farmers by way of instilling an ambience of fear around the above mentioned localities, causing many farmers afraid to go to their farms located far away from their homes.
A farmer in Yalwan Tau, in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area, Malam Jibir Musa, told our reporter that it is very dangerous to go far away from the village to farm because of kidnappers.
He said most of the farms in the area are located far from the community and now kidnapping is at an alarming rate and the menace was discouraging people from attending to their farming duties.
Musa said unless the problem is tackled farming activities may slow down this season because many farmers are afraid to go to their farms.
Reflecting on the situation last season in Gassol Local Government Area when farmers were abducted, it will be required for security agencie to be at alert now as another farming season is around the corner.
An Mutumbiyu based farmer, Alhaji Haruna Kaka, also confirmed the rate of kidnapping was posing a threat to farmers whose farms are mostly located in remote areas.
He said some that recorded good yields in their farms were kidnapped and forced to sell their produce to pay the ransom.
On the other hand, spokesman of the Taraba police command, ASP David Misal said the command was making all efforts to address kidnapping and other crimes disturbing both urban and rural areas of the state.