Kebbi rice farmers record 80% loss as flood wash away farms

Farmers in Kebbi state have narrated how they recorded over 80% loss of their rice to flood that ravaged their farms this year, Daily Trust has reported.

Mr. Muhammed Sahabi, the Chairman Kebbi Rice Farmers Association shared the experience of their loss. He said huge lost was recorded at the lowland Fadama areas, pointing out that the loss at the River Rima was so huge.
The loss at River Rima is about 80% while that of River Niger is 30 % he said.

Although he disclosed that areas such as Zuru and Yauri, where rice is also produced in large quantity did not record huge loss compared to other areas.

He appealed to the government to assist rice farmers in the state in order to make provision for self-sufficient rice production throughout the year.

Sahabi thanked the government for assisting farmers through the loan from Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), however, he asked for other interventions that will assist the farmers to improve in their rice production.

Another farmer from Makera farm area located at Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area said he made less harvest this year with 20%.

He said the poor harvest because flood washed away his rice farm. Although he recorded poor harvest, he said he is happy because some of his colleagues harvested nothing as flood destroyed their farm leaving nothing for them to harvest at the end of their sufferings.

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