By Tafisu Adamu
Out of the Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Sixty five (7,265 ) Farmers in the State that have received farm input from the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria, about Three Thousand Six Hundred and Sixty Eight ( 3,668) of them had recorded losses and damages as a result of flood experience recently.
Adamawa State Chairman of the Rice farmers Association of Nigeria, Mr Stephen Maduwa disclosed this to Journalists shortly after accessing some farms that were affected by flood in Boronji in Yola North, and Hayen Gada in Girei Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, 9 Local Government Areas of the State are affected by the flood, and good number of farms damaged.
The Chairman said that the leadership of the Association will channel the problem to the National Agriculture Insurance for assistant and consideration. He described the incident as unfortunate and called on the farmers to be patient and take it as an act of God.
The representative of the National Agriculture Insurance, Abbas Bello sympathize with the farmers, charged them to be Patient for their matter will be looked into especially those that have insurance cover.
Speaking to the Cross section of the Farmers, Mr Emmanuel Nicholas who was expecting 200 to 300 bags of rice in his farms has nothing left to depends on as a result of the heavy rainfall experienced. He further explained that the farmers through the Association used loaned farm inputs and are expected to pay back soon after harvest, but now that everything is gone they do not know where to start. He Called on the Federal Government to come to their aid.
Some of the farmers spoken to includes Abubakar Misa , Abdullahi isa , Maimuna Abdu and others. They cried for help from the Government.