About 70 acres of rice fields belonging to the Tahama Rice Farms in Northern Region have been set ablaze by nomadic herdsmen.
Workers at the company accuse the herdsmen of burning a total of about 45 acres of rice fields to ashes in Nasia in the West Mamprusi district after leading their cattle to graze a portion of the rice plantation.
CEO of the Tahama Farms Gbema Shaibu says an additional 25 out of 30 acres in a town called Sakuvi was also burnt by the herdsmen after their cattle grazed it.
“About 100 other farmers have also suffered the same fate from the same herdsmen, their farms have been burnt as well”, he said.
According to Mr. Shaibu, they had made an official report to the local chiefs who are investigating the matter and have invited the herdsmen for questioning.
According to information available to Joy News, the herdsmen accepted responsibility for the damage caused and promised to reimburse the Tahama Rice Farms for the damage.
They, however, rescinded the decision to pay when they were made aware that, the total cost of the damage amounted to GH¢18,000. The herdsmen were only willing to pay GH¢1,000, an offer the Tahama Farms have refused.
The workers have also accused the chiefs of conspiring with the herdsmen to deny them the right of taking back their money. “One of our chiefs invited the herdsmen and asked them not to pay the money", Mr. Shaibu told Joy News.