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Farmers lose crops worth N400m to flood in Kogi

Lokoja – The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) said on Friday that crops worth more than N400 million were washed away in the recent flood that submerged farmlands in nine local government areas in Kogi.

Dr Tunde Arosanyin, the National Financial Secretary of the association,said  in Lokoja that about 2,000 hectares of food and cash crops were washed away.

He added that livestock such as goats, sheep and poultry products were also lost to the flood.

Arosanyin said described the loss was “monumental”, adding that of the 24 states affected by the flood, Kogi was the worst hit.

He expressed fears that there could be acute food shortage later in the year.

Arosanyin, who was former chairman of the state chapter of the association, said it was no longer possible to plant crops this year as farmers had already “lost the active season without hope of recovery”.

He said there would be low food supply and livestock in the market from December as demand would outstrip supply while prices would skyrocket.

Mr Sunday Onu, a yam and rice farmer from Odeke in Ibaji Local Government of Kogi, said the area was totally submerged.

According to him, Ibaji people, who are 90 per cent farmers, have lost their means of livelihood as crops such as  yam, rice and cassava, among others have gone with the flood.

Onu expressed concern of the possibility of famine and appealed to the state government to draw up a programme of intervention for the farmers, especially in the provision of seedlings and farming inputs for the next planting season.

Meanwhile, Mr David Ogwu, the Laison Officer 1 for Ibaji Local Government, expressed optimism that the rains would cease in the next four to five weeks but wondered where the people would start from.

“Where will the people find seedlings to plant? Where will the maize seeds, cassava stems, yam seedlings, sorghum and the rest crops come from?”

He appealed to the Federal and state governments to assist the people. (NAN)

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