Hunger looms, as drought hits Kano rice farmers
A farmer in his drought-ravaged rice field.

By Abdulmumin Murtala, KANO

As climate change continues to worsen in the northern parts of Nigeria, weeks without rainfall in Kano has resulted in many farmers to losing their crops, especially rice.

Rice, which requires consistent water supply, has been left without the usual daily rainfalls for several weeks and the plants are drying out.

In some places where the farms are located close to water sources like rivers, ponds and water channels, or even boreholes, farmers are seen using the sources to water their farms, a very unusual sight during the wet season.

The Chairman of Tudun Wada Rice Farmers Association, Kano, Malam Husaini Muhammad, told Vanguard that they are already loosing two-thirds of their products to insufficient rainfall and are not likely to harvest the remaining one-third of what they have planted.

“We are faced with a lot of challenges this season. There is verse scarcity of water due to lack of rain.

“To be honest with you, from what we have estimated, we have lost two-thirds of what we planted this season.

“It is only one-third that we are hoping to harvest if we are lucky.

“Even what is remaining presently, we have to be pumping water from a nearby village through channels to water our farms.

“Presently there are even places where there is no water at all and they are likely to loose everything.

“In addition to this, there are no good tools for watering the farms in the hands of the farmers. It is only God that can save the situation. 

“The ultimate is that we are going to lose two-thirds of what we have planted because they have all dried up and there is not enough water to revive  them.

“This is definitely going to affect the price of the product subsequently.

“Already the price has started rising because the ones already harvested is not much,” he stated.

Talking about how this will affect the price of rice in particular, another farmer Malam Ahmad Kura explained that the price will definitely inflate.

“The losses encountered due to lack of rainfall this season will make the price of rice to rise.

“We have prayed for rain and are continuing to pray so that we can get something to reduce the loss we are facing.

“Even at present with little harvest, what was sold at N12,000 to N13,000 to the millers is now being sold at 16,000 to them,” he said.

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