Kano - A large scale farmer in Kano, Sabo Nanono, said that the recent floods ravaging the country had destroyed about 95 per cent of rice farms in the state.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Friday that the flood, which washed away several farmlands, had seriously affected rice production in the state.
``The damage caused to rice farms in the state is colossal because about 95 per cent of rice farms in the state have completely been washed away by flood,’’ he said.
Nanono said the worst affected local government areas in the state, where rice were being produced in a large scale included: Warawa, Doguwa, Wudil, Gabasawa, Ajingi and Gaya.
Nanono, who was a former chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in the state, said that the disaster had also affected other crops like groundnut, millet, guinea corn and maize which did not require much water.
``All these crops do not require much water and the flood has submerged most of the farms where such crops are planted in the affected local government areas.’’
He predicted that prices of food stuff, especially rice and maize, would go up this year as a result of the disaster.
According to him, most of the crops in the affected local government areas have either been washed away or submerged by the flood.
He said that it would be difficult for farmers in these areas to get something from their farms this year.
The Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, Mr Abubakar Jibrin, told NAN that the flood had washed way several farmlands and destroyed cash crops worth millions of Naira.
He said no fewer than 30 Local Government areas of the state were affected by the disaster between August and September.