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 Some farmers in the North East have called for urgent intervention to avert hunger as flood ravages over 150 000 hectres of farmlands The farmers who expressed concern over large scale destruction of produce said the damage caused by the disaster could be estimated at over N30 billion They said urgent interventions were necessary to mitigate the effects of the disaster reduce hunger and encourage development of adapting climate change technologies to enhance food security The farmers made the call while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria on the effects of flood in Bauchi Damaturu Dutse Gombe Maiduguri and Yola Acording to official data the flood killed over 100 persons destroyed hundred thousands hectres of farmlands displaced thousands of people and cut off several roads across Adamawa Bauchi Borno Gombe and Jigawa states In Jigawa the disaster ravaged 138 442 36 hectres of farmlands displaced 1 554 farming communities and killed over 90 persons across 22 local government areas of the state The state Commissioner for Agriculture Alhaji Awwalu Danladi said the government had constituted an assessment committee which examined the extend of damage caused by the disaster He said the flood destroyed farm produce such as rice sorghum millet groundnut sugarcane sesame cowpea beans among others He listed the affected areas to include Dutse Birnin Kudu Kiyawa Buji Miga Jahun Gwaram Ringim Garki and Taura Others were Hadejia Kirikasamma Guri Kafinhausa Auyo Malammadori Kaugama Kazaure Babura Roni Gwiwa and Yankwashi He said the committee recommended for construction of and embankments desilting of water ways erection of diversion spillway channels and afforestation programme to control perennial flooding in the state The committee he said also called for provision of fertilisers improved seeds and chemicals to the affected farmers to enable them to engage in dry season activities According to statistics of the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency SEMA indicated that the agency in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA distributed food and non food items to the victims of the disaster across the state One of the affected farmers Ado Musa said such support was imperative to enable them to replant and cultivate their farmlands to minimise losses and enhance food security Government should support farmers to engage in massive dry season activity to produce more crops and replace the ones lost to the flood Farmers should be empowered with all the needed inputs to produce massively during the dry season he said In Bauchi State no fewer than 13 persons lost their lives and thousands hectres of farmlands destroyed to the flood across 11 local government areas Dr Ibrahim Kabir Director General Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency BASEPA said flood killed three persons destroyed 1 453 houses and thousands hectres of farmlands in Zaki and Gamawa LGAs He said the flood also cut off access roads in six different locations a situation which made movement of farm produce difficult As palliative measure the affected communities need about 14 canoes as means of transportation to continue their normal activities he said Corroborating Kabir the Director of Planning Research and Statistics Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency SEMA Mr Adams Nayola said that 10 other persons lost their lives in the disaster in eight LGAs of the state He said the flood also submerged thousands hectres of farmland and destroyed hundreds houses in Jama are Giade Misau Dambam Darazo Kirfi Itas Gadau Shira and Toro In the same vein Yobe State Emergency Management Agency SEMA said the disaster ravaged 3 950 farmlands in nine LGAs acoss the state The Acting Director General of the Agency Dr Ibrahim Jalo said the figure could rise as the damage assessment exercise was still ongoing in the affected communities He listed Gujba Gulani Jakusko Potiskum Fika Gashua Geidam Damaturu and Fune as some of the affected areas Flood destroyed rice maize sorghum millet beans groundnut beans farms and hundreds of livestock Flood swept across the state in spite of the early warning by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency NIMET and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA which predicted that Yobe among other states in the country would experience flood he said To mitigate the negative effects Jalo said the agency had constituted flood disaster response teams to enhace support to the victims of the disaster According to him individual donors distributed N45 000 each to 1 300 households in Gujba and Gulani LGAs while 1 190 households have been provided with food items in Damaturu and Gujba The agency he said was sensitising people in flood prone communities to desist from indescriminate dumping of waste on water ways and relocate to higher grounds to avert the disaster We mobilse environmental and sanitation workers to educate the people at grassroots on the need to keep a clean environment to guard outbreak of diseases The agency also advised motorists to be careful and avoid flooded roads and be safety conscious while commuting in the affected areas he said Moreso Alhaji Jafaru Illehla Programme Manager Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme BSADP has advised farmers to desist from cultivating lands on river banks to avoid crop loss to the flood He noted that flood prevents root crop production and lead to premature harvest Crop loss through rain damage waterlogged soil delays in harvesting and transportation difficulties due to flooded roads and damaged infrastructure The effect of flood is serious reduction in agricultural production grain supply and hike in prices he said He advised farmers to cultivate crops in upland areas and utiliise moisture areas for dry season activities Also Dr Joseph Husseini Director Technical Services Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme ADP said flood caused devastating effect on crops which need less water According to him crops like maize cowpea and groundnut hardly survive under flood adding where those farms received more than enough rainfall it will lead to low yield Hussaini stressed the need for comprehensive farmer support services to enhance farming skills and access to inputs Dry season farming is the way forward to produce enough food to make up for the losses caused by flood It is also good for the Federal Government to mop up excess grain for strategic reserve to avert food shortage he said The agronomist however expressed the hope that farmers would record bumper harvest in spite of the flood recorded in parts of the country Farmers he said would record bumper harvest in view of the high volume rainfall Rice survives and withstand no matter the amount of rain it will yield well he said Dr Mohammed Musa Director Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD in Gombe State explained that flood affects various stages of agricultural production He listed some of the effects to include destruction of crops outbreak of animal and human diseases He identified farmer support as one of the effective measures to mitigate the effect of the disaster To buttress earlier opinion some farmers in Borno urged government at all levels to pririotised irrigation activities to enable them to recoup the looses caused by flood NAN reports that rice plantations along River Ngadda and Yedzaram wilted to flooding The farmers described irrigation farming as lucrative in view of the large swath of arable lands that transverse by river tributaries drawing from Lake Chad Kurami Bulama a rice grower said many farmers lost their investments to the disaster this cropping season Many farmers recorded losses especially those in riverine areas but the submerged lands are fertile and good for irrigation We need support and security to encourage irrigation activities especially along the shores of Lake Chad The land is fertile it needs little fertiliser application to give higher yields at harvest he said Similarly Al Amin Mustafa and Babagana Ali also rice growers at Zabarmari and Koshebe plantations said such support would ginger them to produce more For his part Gov Babagana Zulum reiterated commitment to encourage agricultural production through irrigation and farmer support services With 72 600 square kilometres of land area the state is endowed with great potential for agriculture including poultry fisheries and livestock production Significant investment have been made in agricultural equipment and machinery to harness this potential but has been dormant due to insurgency which has restricted access to farmland particularly in the northern part of the state close to the Lake Chad www NewsSourceCredit NAN
Farmers count losses, as flood ravages 150,000 hectres farmlands in N/East

Some farmers in the North-East have called for urgent intervention to avert hunger as flood ravages over 150,000 hectres of farmlands.

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The farmers who expressed concern over large scale destruction of produce, said the damage caused by the disaster could be estimated at over N30 billion.

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They said urgent interventions were necessary to mitigate the effects of the disaster, reduce hunger and encourage development of adapting climate change technologies to enhance food security.

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The farmers made the call while responding to a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria on the effects of flood in Bauchi, Damaturu, Dutse, Gombe, Maiduguri and Yola.

Acording to official data, the flood killed over 100 persons, destroyed hundred thousands hectres of farmlands, displaced thousands of people and cut off several roads across Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe and Jigawa states.

In Jigawa, the disaster ravaged 138,442.36 hectres of farmlands, displaced 1,554 farming communities and killed over 90 persons across 22 local government areas of the state.

Commissioner for Agriculture

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Awwalu Danladi said the government had constituted an assessment committee which examined the extend of damage caused by the disaster.

He said the flood destroyed farm produce such as rice, sorghum, millet, groundnut, sugarcane, sesame, cowpea, beans, among others.

Birnin Kudu

He listed the affected areas to include Dutse; Birnin Kudu, Kiyawa, Buji, Miga, Jahun, Gwaram, Ringim, Garki and Taura.

Gwiwa and Yankwashi

Others were Hadejia; Kirikasamma, Guri, Kafinhausa, Auyo, Malammadori, Kaugama, Kazaure, Babura, Roni, Gwiwa and Yankwashi.

He said the committee recommended for construction of and embankments, desilting of water ways, erection of diversion spillway channels and afforestation programme to control perennial flooding in the state.

The committee, he said, also called for provision of fertilisers, improved seeds and chemicals to the affected farmers to enable them to engage in dry season activities.

State Emergency Management Agency

According to statistics of the Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), indicated that the agency, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) distributed food and non food items to the victims of the disaster across the state.

Ado Musa

One of the affected farmers, Ado Musa said such support was imperative to enable them to replant and cultivate their farmlands to minimise losses and enhance food security.

“Government should support farmers to engage in massive dry season activity to produce more crops and replace the ones lost to the flood.

“Farmers should be empowered with all the needed inputs to produce massively during the dry season,” he said.

Bauchi State

In Bauchi State; no fewer than 13 persons lost their lives and thousands hectres of farmlands destroyed to the flood across 11 local government areas.

Ibrahim Kabir

Dr Ibrahim Kabir, Director-General, Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA), said flood killed three persons, destroyed 1,453 houses and thousands hectres of farmlands in Zaki and Gamawa LGAs.

He said the flood also cut off access roads in six different locations, a situation which made movement of farm produce difficult.

“As palliative measure; the affected communities need about 14 canoes as means of transportation to continue their normal activities,” he said.

Corroborating Kabir

Corroborating Kabir, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Adams Nayola said that 10 other persons lost their lives in the disaster in eight LGAs of the state.

Shira and Toro

He said the flood also submerged thousands hectres of farmland and destroyed hundreds houses in Jama’are, Giade, Misau, Dambam, Darazo, Kirfi, Itas-Gadau, Shira and Toro.

State Emergency Management Agency

In the same vein, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said the disaster ravaged  3,950 farmlands in nine LGAs acoss the state.

Acting Director-General of the Agency

The Acting Director-General of the Agency, Dr Ibrahim Jalo said the figure could rise as the damage assessment exercise was still ongoing in the affected communities.

Damaturu and Fune

He listed Gujba, Gulani, Jakusko, Potiskum, Fika, Gashua, Geidam, Damaturu and Fune as some of the affected areas.

“Flood destroyed rice, maize, sorghum, millet, beans, groundnut, beans farms and hundreds of livestock.

Nigeria Meteorological Agency

“Flood swept across the state in spite of the early warning by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), which predicted that Yobe, among other states in the country would experience flood,” he said.

To mitigate the negative effects, Jalo said the agency had constituted flood disaster response teams to enhace support to the victims of the disaster.

Gujba and Gulani LGAs

According to him, individual donors distributed N45,000 each to 1,300 households in Gujba and Gulani LGAs while 1,190 households have been provided with food items in Damaturu and Gujba.

The agency, he said, was sensitising people in flood prone communities to desist from indescriminate dumping of waste on water ways, and relocate to higher grounds to avert the disaster.

“We mobilse environmental and sanitation workers to educate the people at grassroots on the need to keep a clean environment to guard outbreak of diseases.

“The agency also advised motorists to be careful and avoid flooded roads and be safety conscious while commuting in the affected areas,” he said.

Jafaru Illehla

Moreso, Alhaji Jafaru Illehla, Programme Manager, Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme (BSADP) has advised farmers to desist from cultivating lands on river banks to avoid crop loss to the flood.

He noted that flood prevents root crop production and lead to premature harvest.

“Crop loss through rain damage, waterlogged soil, delays in harvesting and transportation difficulties due to flooded roads and damaged infrastructure.

“The effect of flood is serious reduction in agricultural production, grain supply and hike in prices,” he said.

He advised farmers to cultivate crops in upland areas and utiliise moisture areas for dry season activities.

Joseph Husseini

Also, Dr Joseph Husseini, Director Technical Services, Gombe State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), said flood caused devastating effect on crops which need less water.

According to him, crops like maize, cowpea and groundnut hardly survive under flood, adding, “where those farms received more than enough rainfall, it will lead to low yield.

Hussaini stressed the need for comprehensive farmer support services to enhance farming skills and access to inputs.

“Dry season farming is the way forward to produce enough food to make up for the losses caused by flood.

Federal Government

“It is also good for the Federal Government to mop up excess grain for strategic reserve to avert food shortage,” he said.

The agronomist, however, expressed the hope that farmers would record bumper harvest in spite of the flood recorded in parts of the country.

Farmers, he said, would record bumper harvest in view of the high volume rainfall.

”Rice survives and withstand no matter the amount of rain, it will yield well,’’ he said.

Mohammed Musa

Dr Mohammed Musa, Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in Gombe State, explained that flood affects various stages of agricultural production.

He listed some of the effects to include destruction of crops, outbreak of animal and human diseases.

He identified farmer support as one of the effective measures to mitigate the effect of the disaster.

To buttress earlier opinion, some farmers in Borno urged government at all levels to pririotised irrigation activities to enable them to recoup the looses caused by flood.

River Ngadda and Yedzaram

NAN reports that rice plantations along River Ngadda and Yedzaram wilted to flooding.

The farmers described irrigation farming as “lucrative” in view of the large swath of arable lands that transverse by river tributaries drawing from Lake Chad.

Kurami Bulama

Kurami Bulama, a rice grower, said many farmers lost their investments to the disaster this cropping season.

“Many farmers recorded losses, especially those in riverine areas but the submerged lands are fertile and good for irrigation.

Lake Chad

“We need support and security to encourage irrigation activities, especially along the shores of Lake Chad.

“The land is fertile, it needs little fertiliser application to give higher yields at harvest,” he said.

Amin Mustafa and Babagana Ali

Similarly; Al’Amin Mustafa and Babagana Ali, also rice growers at Zabarmari and Koshebe plantations, said such support would ginger them to produce more.

Babagana Zulum

For his part, Gov. Babagana Zulum reiterated commitment to encourage agricultural production through irrigation and farmer support services.

“With 72,600 square kilometres of land area, the state is endowed with great potential for agriculture including poultry, fisheries and livestock production.

Lake Chad

“Significant investment have been made in agricultural equipment and machinery to harness this potential but has been dormant due to insurgency which has restricted access to farmland, particularly in the northern part of the state close to the Lake Chad.” ( www.

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