Jigawa - farmers in Jigawa have appealed to the Federal Government to assist them with food items to check impending shortages, caused by the destruction of farm lands by flood.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Jigawa Government had declared that more than 400,000 farmlands and 360,000 houses were destroyed in 18 out of the 27 local government areas.
A cross section of the farmers, who spoke to NAN in Kiyawa and Jahun Local Government Areas, said they lost all their produce to flooding.
Malam Muhammadu Nagaji, a maize farmer, said he lost four hectares of maize, millet and sorghum to the natural disaster.
Naganji said the damage caused by the flood had exposed the farmers to the danger of hunger as they had nothing left to eat.
He said that he had cultivated more than 40 bags of maize and millet and could not harvest his farms due to the ravaging flood.
“The farm produce were wasted by the ravaging flood. I have nothing left,” Nagaji said.
Another farmer, Jamilu Isa, said that the flood had exposed them to hunger, as most families had no food to eat.
Isa, who described the flood as the worst in the last 30 years, added that urgent measures were necessary to save the displaced persons from famine.
“We do not have food to eat and our farms have been destroyed, ” he said, and urged the State and Federal Governments to assist them.
Commenting on the situation, Alhaji Dahiru Madaki, the Chairman,Kiyawa local Government Council, said that five persons were killed and thousands of hectares of farmlands were lost to flood in the area.
Madaki said that the flood also destroyed houses and cut off the 47-km Kiyawa-Birnin-Kudu road.
He said that the council had spent N3.6 million on the provision of relief materials for distribution to the displaced persons, to cushion the effects of the flood.
“The flood caused colossal damages. We are facing dangers of possible food shortage,” Madaki said.
Also commenting, Abdullahi Harbo, the Chairman of Jahun Local Government Area, said the council had procured five canoes to rescue families in about 20 villages, which were cut off by flood.
Harbo said the council had also constructed embankments and distributed 30,000 bags of sand to check flooding in the area.
He listed Harbo-Sabuwa, Harbo-Tsohuwa, Gemu, Kawuri, Doguwa, Hayin-Gada, Gidan-Ganji, Gunka, Doro and Darai as some of the areas ravaged by flood.
The chairman also said that flood had destroyed more than 70 per cent of farmlands in the area, adding that the situation exposed the communities to scarcity of food items.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Muhammad Saidu, a Commissioner at the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) in charge of Jigawa, also called for food assistance to families displaced by flood in the state.
Saidu said that such assistance was necessary to ease the suffering of the flood displaced persons and guard against food crisis in the country.
“I am appealing to the state and federal governments, international donor agencies and wealthy individuals to assist flood victims in Ringim and other ravaged areas in the state,” Saidu said.