FLOOD CRISIS: RICE FARMERS COUNT LOSES AS WATER RECEDES
Farmers in Benue State say food scarcity looms, as a result of loses occasioned by flood crisis in Nigeria and other parts of the world. The rains has put many tales of lamentations on farmers.
When The Transmitter Media went to some rice fields in Benue, it was quite a sorry sight to see thousands of hectres of rice farms washed away.
The category of farmers mostly affected by the flood crisis are rice farmers. Rice yields maximally in water lock areas, but not the volume of water witnessed this year, as a result of the flooding. According to an Investigative reporter with bias in Agriculture, Denen Achussah, the situation calls for urgent attention, to caution the imminent food shortage in Nigeria and many other parts of the world.
Rice farms have tuned lakes, as the farmers count loses. There are many cases where dozens of hectres of rice farms have washed away and some have rotten away having overstayed in the flood water. His Royal Highness, Tanko Omale, the Chief of Angwan Jukun says many of his relations are affected by the crisis who are rice farmers, in Taraba, Nassarawa, Benue and Kogi States.
However, the Director of Agric Science at the Benue State Ministry of Agriculture and Solid minerals said at a public forum that there is alternative to farming rice. He said rice farmers can embrace the improved farming methods to minimise loses. He called for lake rice farming as well as irrigation farming to minimize cases of loses in flood seasons.
With rice as the common staple food for many homes, its scarcity looms because of the flood in states like Benue that produces the commodity on appreciable scale.