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KETU NORTH MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY HELD AN ENGAGEMENT MEETING WITH CATTLE OWNERS IN THE MUNICIPALITY

Following several complaints received from residents and farmers on the destructive activities of both nomadic cattle herdsmen and local cattle herdsmen across the various communities within the Municipality, Management of the Ketu North Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture held an engagement meeting with cattle and kraal owners in the Municipality. The meeting took place in the conference hall of the Assembly on 25th May, 2023.

The essence of the meeting was to find a lasting solution to the destruction caused by the activities of both nomadic and local cattle herds and institute a standard operating procedure to regulate their activities and movement across the Municipality.

During the meeting, participants lamented over the several challenges confronting the smooth operation of their businesses. Highlighting some of the challenges, they indicated that herdsmen who travel with their cattle for grazing in the territory of the Ketu North Municipality often were not conversant with the various local routes, hence ended up destroying the farms of indigenes.

They opined that local farmers were unable to differentiate between the nomadic cattle herds and that of local owners. The situation has often led to confusion and heightened tension which resulted in fight between nomadic cattle herdsmen and the local folks or farmers. They were also however of the opinion that the local farmers sometimes exaggerated the degree of destruction to their farms purposely to attract higher compensation.

Upon deliberating on the challenges presented by the local cattle owners, Management resolved as a matter of urgency to formulate a bye-law which will be subsequently gazetted to regulate the activities of both nomadic cattle herdsmen and that of the local cattle owners. Management would also hold joint meeting with the neighbouring districts; thus Akatsi South Municipal Assembly, Akatsi North District Assembly and Ketu South Municipal Assembly to share ideas on how to jointly regulate the activities of nomadic herdsmen in their various jurisdictions.

The local cattle owners were also encouraged to revive and strengthen their associations in order to ensure the strict enforcement and compliance of the bye-law when it is fully operationalized.

Present at the meeting were Hon. Anthony Avorgbedor – the Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Jasper Adenyo – Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Lovelace Kudoto – Director in charge of Agriculture and his staff, Chairman of Cattle Owners’ Association of the Ketu North Municipality and individual Cattle Owners. Other staff of the Assembly present included: Mr. Yanick Noah Agboado – Assistant Director I, Mr. Gbemu Seth – Assistant Director IIB and Miss Gabriella Dopi Ketemepi – Assistant Director IIB.

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