Sunday, 30 August 2015

Sokoto farmers lose over N100million worth of farm produce to flood



Farm produce worth over N100 million have been destroyed by flood in 27 villages in Wurno Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The Chairman of the Local Government, Shehu Chacho, disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday at Wurno.

According to him, the already farm produce which include , rice, millet, guinea corn, maize and beans were washed away by flood caused by the release of excess water from Goronyo dam and it had affected no fewer than 7,577 farmers.
“No fewer than 2,500 hectares of farmlands under the Lugu canals were been waterlogged by the flood, which also destroyed similar farm produce there.
“Painfully,” he continued, “other villages like Dinbiso, Gidan-Kamba, Gidan-bango, ‘Yar-wurno, Tunga, Zayawa, Lahodu, Lugu, Barayar-zaki, Kwargaba, Gidan-magori, Tuttudawa, Nasarawa, Gidan-Modi and Dabagin-manomi, among others, were also affected by the disaster.
“Consequently, we have constructed five-kilometre embankment along the Gidan-Modi to Gidan-kamba road to prevent the flood waters from submerging the nearby Tuttuduwa canals.
”The project will, however, cost about N7.8 million,” he noted.
Two farmers, Musa Maigadaje and Garba Gidan-modi, lamented over the development, saying they incurred massive losses, and to this effect, they appealed for urgent assistance from the government and humanitarian organisations.
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