Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his government's commitment to the farmers, while addressing a farmer's event via video conferencing. Meanwhile, thousands of farmers continue their protest against the new agriculture laws, blocking a major highway on the Singhu border, about 30km northwest of New Delhi.
With foot-massage machines, a dental surgery, their own newspaper and even a tattoo parlour, it's clear that the thousands of Indian farmers blocking roads into Delhi for almost a month are going nowhere. Almost four-weeks after they reached outskirts of the Indian capital, the farmers, most of them backed by powerful unions, look ready for the long-haul after repeated rounds of negotiations with the government failed.
Indian farmers rally against the agriculture law reform on the Singhu border, northwest of New Delhi, after a weekend that saw protests against the market reform laws intensifying with attempts to block major highways. "If the government won't back off, the farmers won't either," says a farmer at the protest.
Sandeep Singh, 65 years old, now spends his nights at the back of his tractor, despite Delhi's bitter winter cold. Like tens of thousands of Indian farmers, he is protesting against agricultural reforms he fears could destroy his livelihood. The farmers are cooking, eating, praying, singing, protesting and sleeping, all on the highway, resolute about maintaining the blockade until Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government reverses course.
The rainy season is the best time to grow rice and corn in Borno, one of Nigeria's agricultural regions. But farmers are frequently targeted by Boko Haram attacks. In a bid to improve security in the region and reassure farmers, teams of so-called "Agro Rangers" were set up a year ago by authorities. The men, who are often volunteer militia or hunters, are recruited by the Nigerian civil defence. Our correspondent Moïse Gomis went on patrol with them on the outskirts of Maiduguri and elsewhere in Borno.
Nigeria losses twelve billion dollars yearly as a result of the farmers herders clashes. This information was disclosed in Makurdi by the country director of Mercy Corps, an international body whose initiative is to promote peace within communities. Ndubisi Anyanwu added that there is need to bring back peace in the region particularly Benue State.