By Bekai Njie
It is becoming an entrenched conflict between hippos and farmers with one incident following the other. The ceaseless rampage on rice fields by hippos in many parts of Central River Region (CRR) has raised the question as to what the people of this region could practically do to at least minimise the destruction that continue to undermine their food production capacities.
With the latest hippo rampage reported in Kuntaur Fullakunda and its surrounding villages in Niani district, the lawmaker for that constituency, Hon. Demba B.T Sambou, told the Daily Observer Monday that he was deeply concerned over the 'continuous destruction' of their rice fields by the hippos. He lamented that such has a great potential to derail the overall agricultural production objective in the area.
He said the uncontrollable activities of hippos have hindered rice production after a number of nursery farmers were destroyed in the rampage. "This incident is on the increase," he lamented, while appealing on behalf of farmers for assistance in the form of seeds for continued production.
Hon. Sambou, who described his constituency as a hub for rice production in CRR, appealed again for action to be taken to arrest the situation. "So I am appealing to the authorities concerned to come to the aid of these people in order to put the situation under control," he appealed.
One of the affected farmers from Kuntaur Fullakunda, Kemo Jawo, confirmed the destruction, noting that the hippo rampage has been going on for the past days. "People here are very desperate because the hippos are coming here now on a daily basis and it's on the increase. Now we are appealing for help from concerned authorities so that we can effectively do our rice production," he concluded.