Farm products worth N1 billion (about $7miliion) have been destroyed in Silame local government in Sokoto State, according to Alhaji Mani Maishinko, the Chairman of Silame.
He said the incident occurred last Friday when River Rima overflowed its banks and the entire local government area was flooded. The affected produce are: rice, millet, beans, onions, sweet potatoes, pepper, tomatoes and guinea corn, among others.
He said more than 60,000 farmers were affected in Silame, Gande, Gaukai, Katami, Falanje, Jekanadu, Tozo, Daankala, Laimi, Maje, Marafa, Dalmi and Kulalu communities, among others. “Over 80 per cent of the people of Silame Local Government Area are either farmers or fishermen and they were all affected.”
He attributed the recent flooding in parts of the country to climate change problem.
Meanwhile, he said, “The local government has earmarked N2.5 million for the purchase of 50 canoes from Yauri in Kebbi for distribution to the affected communities. According to the chairman, the canoes are to aid in the transportation of people and agricultural produce across the area.