POLICE officers in Navosa have voiced their frustration at farmers lodging complaints about animals from neighbouring farms invading their plantations, only to withdraw the matter after reconciliation.
Keiyasi station officer Sergeant Jai Singh confirmed receiving reports from farmers about animal invasions.
But he said most cases referred to the courts were later quashed after both parties conducted traditional rites of forgiveness.
"It's frustrating to see that some of the reported cases being referred to court are later withdrawn after the accused and the claimant resolve their issues in the traditional way," he said.
"This defeats the whole purpose of addressing the issue through the police."
Sgt Singh said numerous visitations and awareness programs had been conducted in Navosa reminding animal owners to tether their livestock at all times.
Nawairabe villager Ratu Sakiusa Dreunimolea said his farm was constantly damaged by stray cows and horses.
"My corn farm, vegetable and watermelon farm have been destroyed on numerous occasions and at times, this has discouraged me from planting," he said.
"But I have no option but to continue farming in order to feed my family."
Ratu Sakiusa said he needed assistance from the government to purchase a fence and farming machinery to safeguard his farm.
He has lodged a report at the Keiyasi Police Station but the invasions were continuing.