Effect of Banditry on Agricultural Activities in Anka, Tsafe and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State


    The problem of banditry on agricultural activities in Nigeria become a source of concern, many farmers have been killed while some were prevented from their farming activities as hundreds of hectares of farmlands remain uncultivated while thousands of cattle rustled. The problems require urgent policy intervention by the authorities’ concern. In line of the above, this study examines the effect of banditry on agricultural activities in Anka, Tsafe and Zurmi Local Government Areas of Zamfara State. Nigeria. The study employs survey research design, the study the objective of identifying how banditry inform of cattle rustling affect agricultural activities in Anka, Tsafe and Zurmi LGAs of Zamfara State. Data for the study were generated from primary and secondary sources. The instruments used for primary data were administration of questionnaire and interview to selected individuals. The population for the study stood at 1,253, 400, Research Advisor table 2006 was used to draw a sample size of 384 but 422 questionnaire were added in line with Isreal (2013) advice of adding 10%, with 95% rate of return representing 401respondents.The findings revealed that, Banditry (cattle rustling) in Anka, Tsafe and Zurmi LGAs of Zamfara State has adversely affected agricultural activities especially crop production and rearing of animal, deprived significant number of cattle from owners, it also turned cattle herders idle. The study statistically shows how Agricultural activities that formed the basis for economic activities of Zamfara State have been largely destroyed by cattle rustling to 22% decreased. The study among other things recommended reviving farmer-herders disputes resolution committees, joint securities taskforce, and orientation programmes on how security consciousness be revived together with giving sincere and useful information to governments, establishment of comprehensive agricultural programme.

    Key Words: Banditry, Kidnapping, Cattle rustling, Agricultural activities

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    author/Bashir Bawa & Muhammad Sada Abubakar

    journal/FUJPAM Vol. 3, No. 1