The cases of flood ravaging communities in Nigeria are increasingly affecting both those who live near the river that overflows and those who are on dry ground. 

If you have ever looked at those suffering the effect of flood and say it does not concern you; you should think twice. 

In Edo State, flood has swallowed 2,464 bags of rice and that should be a concern for families since rice is the most consumed staple food in Nigeria.  

According to the Chairman of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in Edo State, Dirisu Abdulsalam, flood destroyed 280 hectares of rice farm in Iguoriakhi and Iguomo in Ovia North-East and Ovia South-West local government areas.

Farmers close to the riverine areas in the state were worst hit by the flood, he said.

A post on the yield per hectares showed that at least 440 kilograms of rice are produced from a hectare of rice farm and this translates into 2,464 bags of rice from a hectare which could feed thousands of homes in Nigeria. 

This is coming at a time that the Nigerian government is promoting farming and giving loans to rice farmers across in the nation. 

The situation has also resulted in loss of investments for the farmers who may have benefited from the government's borrowers programme. 

Now Mr Abdulsalam is appealing to government at all levels to come to assist farmers following the destruction of the hectares of rice farmlands by flood in several communities in Edo North, Edo Central and Edo South senatorial districts.

Abdulsalam noted that the flooding would negatively affect government’s drive at sufficiency in rice production in the country.

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He said that the association was evolving modalities to ensure the farmers were ready for dry season farming, to make up for the destruction.

“The association will be sensitising rice farmers for dry season farming to make up for the shortfall occasioned by the destruction of rice fields by flood.

“There are many  problems in rice production and the worst of it at the moment is that flood has eroded or washed away crops and even submerged some of our members’ houses.

“Therefore, we appeal for assistance from government and international donors so that our farmers will not go and commit suicide,” he said.

According to him, flooding will reduce rice production chain in the state, adding that the affected farmers have lost millions of Naira investment.

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