Flood destroys N100m farm produce in Sokoto State
Farm produce worth over N100 million were detroyed by flood in 27 villages in Wurno Local Government Area of Sokoto State, the Chairnan of the Local Government, Alhaji Shehu Chacho, has said.
Chacho disclosed this to newsmen in Wurno on Sunday.
He said the destroyed farm produce which were already maturing include; rice, millet, guinea corn, maize and beans.
According to the chairman, the flood was caused by the release of excess water from Goronyo dam and that it had affected no fewer than 7,577 farmers..
He said the villages affected by the disaster include; Dinbiso, Gidan-Kamba, Gidan-bango, ‘Yar-wurno, Tunga, Zayawa, Lahodu and Lugu.
Others are: Barayar-zaki, Kwargaba, Gidan-magori, Tuttudawa, Nasarawa, Gidan-Modi and Dabagin-manomi, among others.
Chacho said that no fewer than 2,500 hectares of farmlands under the Lugu canals had been submerged by the flood, which also destroyed similar farm produce there.
” We have, therefore, constructed five-kilometer embankment along the Gidan-Modi to Gidan-kamba road.
”The project which cost about N7.8 million is aimed at preventing the flood waters from submerging the nearby Tuttuduwa canals,” he said.
Two farmers, Alhaji Garba Gidan-modi and Alhaji Musa Maigadaje, lamented the development, saying,” we had incurred huge losses.
”We are therefore appealing for urgent assistance from the three tiers of government and public-spirited organisations,” the victims said.