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Flooding: Agric Commissioner Cry Out for Help as Rice Farmers Count Losses in Kebbi

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi

The Kebbi State Commissioner for Agricultural Barr. Attahiru Maccido has again appeal to the federal government and institutions to as a matter of urgency come to the aid of Farmers whose farmlands have been submerged by flood across various community in the state.

The commissioner made this appeal when he paid an on the sport assessment visit to rice farmlands ravaged by flood overnight.

Attahiru  described the devastating effect of the flood particularly to rice farms as beyond measure, “ he said although the flood water can still serve as another alternative for dry seasons farming but there is need to create urgent storage like the (earth Dam) were the water can be  channel and stored for usage during the dry season farming”. Adding that if urgent attention is not given this, he said may affect food security in the country.

Attahiru sympathized with the farmers and appeal to them to be patients, he assured that the state government will do everything possible to assist them.

Some Community Members affected by the flood

The commissioner who was accompanied by the permanent secretary ministry of Agriculture, Joel Aiki. Listed some of the community affected as: maitambari, Bakin ruwa, kardu, ruwanduci, kende, gandun sarki, and farfajia among others where the flood submerged the entire community and their rice farms Overnight.

He therefore called on the federal government and all institutions to come to the aids of these community submerged by flood.

Lamenting to news men, Hakimi Yaya Mai tambari, a rice farmer, who stood helplessly and watched his rice farmland submerged by flood begged the state and federal government to come to their aid to ease their suffering.

He laments “I don’t know what to do now, I have two big large rice farms completely submerged by flood”. “We are begging the state and federal government to assist us now that everything is gone. so that we can start all over again”.

Another rice famer Bahindi Bakinruwa who count all his losses explained that most of the farmers in that community borrowed loan to invest in the rice farm but now everything is gone” he called on wealth to do individual to assist them.

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