Farmers at Afienya-Kanna Dam in the Shai-Osudoku District of the Greater Accra Region have bemoaned the atrocious action exhibited by some gun-wielding land-guards on their farmlands in the area which situation has sparked anger and tension in the area, Today can report.
The land-guards, they stated, on Friday, January 25, 2019 invaded the community and absolutely destroyed their pipelines and cash crops, comprising pepper, okra, onion, plantain, banana, cassava, maize, tomato, mango plantations and other farm properties.
The move, according to the affected farmers, was carried out on the direct orders of some self-acclaimed owners of the land from the Doryumu community whose names were not given as at the time of filing this report.
The affected farmers, numbering about one hundred and twenty (120), who are predominately natives of Ningo, Prampram, Mepe, Battor, Adidome, Ada, Sege and Doryumu were embittered by the action of the hired land-guards after many years of toiling to cultivate the farms.
They subsequently called on the government to intervene in the matter, since the uncultured actions of the land-guards on the people of Doryumu community had the propensity to affect President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s flagship programme of Planting for Food and Jobs.
The destroyed farmlands, which locations were between Afienya and Michael Camp Barracks off the Tema-Akosombo highway, Today gathered, were about, 1000 acres.
Today was reliably informed that the large farm lands was acquired by the government from the people of Prampram Traditional Area but were rented by the chiefs and elders of the Prampram to the farmers about 50 years ago to farm on them.
Unfortunately, the people of Doryumu, Today was told, were now litigating the people of Prampram over the said farm lands, hence their current action to engage the services of the land-guards to destroy the crops on the lands in order to sack the farmers to pave way for them to have access to the lands.
But, Today understands that the affected farmers were bracing themselves up against the people of Doryumu following their alleged use of land-guards to destroy their farms.
.The aggrieved farmers, Today gathered, have vowed to fiercely resist any attempt by the people of Doryumu to use land-guards to continue to destroy their farm crops in the area.
They expressed shock at the state at which the people of Doryumu were using land-guards to destroy their farms.
According to the farmers, the land-guards were linked to some “big men” and that they were being shielded by the police and other local authorities in the area.
“We now understand why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has decided to halt the activities of land-guards,” one farmer stated.
“We are shocked at the level of “destruction” they are doing to our farm crops.”
The farmers indicated that the police in the area and local authorities were aware of the destruction going on, and could, therefore, not understand why they have decided to allow their crops and farms to be destroyed.
According to the farmers, they are often harassed especially in the morning when they are on their way to their farms.
However, scores of farmers who disclosed this to Today in an interview yesterday expressed disquiet at the development.
According to them, “we have legally rented the said farmlands from the rightful owners of the Prampram Traditional Area.”
To this end, the farmers warned that if the authorities fail to deal with those who destroyed their farms, they would be forced to seek for justice in their own way