Friday, April 18, 2014

Food crisis imminent in Adamawa, Agric Ministry warns


Between 30,000-50,000 tonnes of maize, rice and other crops have been lost in the floods so far.


The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has raised an alarm on the possibility of a food crisis in Adamawa State following the recent flood disaster in the state.

The Federal Director of Agriculture in Adamawa, Walia Hamman, stated this in Yola on Tuesday in an interview.

Mr. Hamman said following the devastating flood that affected almost half of the state, thousands of farms were confirmed totally submerged or washed away.

“According to report reaching us from our staff across the state, between 30 and 50 thousand tonnes of maize, rice and other food crops were likely to be lost to the flood in the 2012 farming season, ” he said.

The Director noted that considering the huge damage on the farmlands, there is likely to be a food crisis in the state if immediate action is not taken to address the situation. He said most of the farmers affected by the disaster are more preoccupied with how to save themselves and their families from the disaster than of their farms.

“Unless the federal and state governments assist the farmers in time, if the situation is allowed to run out of hand, it could result in possible food crisis and poverty among the farmers,” he said.

He advised the government to come up with a new agricultural insurance scheme that would cover rural farmers to enable them get relief whenever there is a disaster of this nature.

On the rural infrastructure damaged by the flood, he said the ministry is currently preparing its report on it.


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