172,000 farmers affected in Land of Beauty
216 farmers groan in Confluence State
The Executive Secretary of the Adamawa Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Malam Mohammed Aminu has said that the flood affected 172,000 farmers in 11 local government areas of Adamawa State.
He said that the farmers had their farms submerged, adding that 27,800 households and 89,342 hectares of farmland were destroyed by the flood.
Aminu told reporters yesterday in Yola that more than 37 people died and 71 were injured in the affected areas.
The affected local government areas are Yola North, Yola South, Lamurde, Demsa, Numan, Guyuk, Fufore, Song, Gombi, Shelleng, and Madagali.
Also in Kogi State, rice farmers have cried out over the destruction of their farmlands by the flood.
The farmers told reporters in Lokoja yesterday that they had suffered losses due to flooding that ravaged their farmlands.
The Liaison Officer in Ibaji Local Government Area, Mr Achogu Fredrick, said about 216 rural farmers in the area who benefitted from the IFAD-VCDP RPSF had lost their rice farmlands to flood.
He said each of the 216 farmers has one hectare of rice farmland, totalling 216. hectares in Ibaji, all of which had been submerged.
He said IFAD and VCDP had funded RPSF to pull farmers from poverty created by COVID-19. He added that the flood had pushed them back into hunger and starvation.
Source: The Nation Newspaper