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Gambian, Senegalese livestock owners collaborate to fight cattle rustling

Apr 20, 2015, 10:19 AM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

Cattle farmers in The Gambia under the aegis of the Shepard and Livestock Owners Association on Thursday held a meeting with their Senegalese counterparts to discuss and map out strategies to combat cattle rustling in the two neighbouring countries.

The daylong meeting, held in Njaba Kunda, North Bank Region of The Gambia, was to intensify the campaign against cattle stealing in both countries and ensure members become more proactive in the campaign

Chief Alagie Jagne of Central Badibou applauded Shepard and Livestock Owners Association for their foresight in organising the meeting.

He said the event was both in the interest of livestock farmers in The Gambia and Senegal.

Chief Jagne urged the Gambian and Senegalese livestock owners to be proactive in the fight against cattle stealing by reporting any suspected case of cattle rustling without delay.

Captain Salif Corr of The Gambia State Guard battalion assured the livestock owners of the security’s support in efforts at tackling cattle stealing.

Deputy Governor Mustapha Saidy of North Bank Region hailed the livestock owners association in forging partnership with the Senegalese authorities and livestock farmers to curb cattle rustling.

He urged Alkalolu (village heads) to be mindful in issuing permit to cattle dealers.

Ebrima O. Bah, public relations officer of Shepard and Livestock Owners Association, called on cattle farmers to be members of the association, to boost production and productivity.

He applauded Gambia security forces for their steadfastness in working with the association.

Seedy Dem, president of the livestock owners association, Ebou Bah of the association’s NBR chapter, and Amadou Jallow, district chairperson of Central Badibou, all reiterated the need for concerted efforts at curbing cattle stealing.

Momodou Bah of Senegal assured their Gambian partners of their support in the fight against combating cattle rustling.