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Food scarcity looms due to flooded farms

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By Akintola Timothy

Farmers and Millers contradict Agriculture Minister on impending food shortage.

The devastating effects of the flood that has plagued over 30 states across Nigeria continue to grapple Nigerians, with the impact worsening the social and economic conditions of the country. Many farms have been submerged and farmers, devastated by this flooding issue. Recently, farmers have however aired their discontent as regards a comment that there will not be food scarcity in 2023 by the country’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar. The minister, last Monday, disregarded every suggestion of an impending food shortage in the country.

At the 2023 Budget Defense Session jointly organized by the House of Senate and Representatives Committee on Agriculture, numerous lawmakers raised concerns as to the impact of flooding on the farm production in the country, referencing projections that Africa might experience food scarcity due to the stoppage of grain supplies as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian war. The Minister however gave his assurance on the subject of an impending food scarcity. He noted that the dry season farming measure, as well as collaboration with the Ministry of Finance for funds accruing are being implemented to improve the food situation in the country.

Numerous international solidarities were also attracted due to the flood.

The aftereffect of this plaguing flood, according to official estimation, led to the death of over 603 people across the country and another 1.3 million people displaced from their abodes. States like Kogi, Kano, Anambra, Kebbi, Delta and Bayelsa have experienced the most death as a result of this submerge. The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq indicated that about 82,504 houses had been decimated, with 2,504,095 persons were affected and another 332, 327 hectares of land destroyed. Other statistics pointed to 2407 injuries and 121,318 number of houses halfway destroyed.

Also, the submerge caused by this natural disaster attracted numerous international solidarities. King Charles III of England sent his sympathies over the devastating situation. President Buhari, in responding to these consequential tragedies of this flood, instructed the Central Bank of Nigeria and Minister of Agriculture to collaborate towards ensuring that the country did not suffer food shortage. The president also inaugurated a committee to see through developing a comprehensive plan of action that will further ensure the prevention of food shortage, with a responsibility of reporting to the president within 90 days.

Attentions not being placed in the problems of the grass-root farmers.

Whilst inaugurating this committee on behalf of the President, Suleiman Adamu, the Minister for Water Resources, who is also the chairman of the committee noted that the flooding situation that had submerged numerous communities and destroyed homes and properties estimated at billions of Naira was no news. The Term of Reference for this committee included assessing and reviewing plans and policies of the flood management, identifying and collaborating with stakeholders for flood management, as well as liaising with international organizations with expertise on flood management. Adamu however noted that this presidential directive was to be implemented under a two-tier institutional framework.

Also, Daniel Ijeh, the Chief Executive Officer of EA Daniels Farm, Sapele, Delta State, stated that the assurance made by the Minister of Agriculture over the food scarcity situation was hugely unrealistic. He noted that the country had no measure in place for business regulation and thus, the recurrent hike in prices. He complained about the prices of fertilizers for farmers and importantly, the circulation of fake fertilizers. He also aired his displeasure as to the herculean problems of food distribution across the country. The National President of Potatoes Farmers Association of Nigeria noted that attention was not being placed on the problems of the grass-root farmers.

Olem Rice lost about $15 million as a result of the submerge.

The National President of the Rice Miller Association of Nigeria, Peter Dama also complained about the unfavorable conditions that rice millers were going through, noting that even his rice mill had been submerged in Plateau State. He stated that Millers had lost immensely due to the flood and while it was presently the harvest season, prices had skyrocketed as a result of their farms being submerged. He stated that Olam Rice, one of the biggest rice producers in the country, lost $15 million as a result of the submerge. He however implored the government to not open the border as it would deteriorate the initiative and successes that the food security system had accrued over time.


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Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

The effect of flood in Nigeria is getting too costly seeing that its now affect our food chain which will in turn causes scarcity across the country. Government needs to cones to the aid of these farmers.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

Food stuffs are going to be costly as a result of the flood. People’s farms have been wiped out, only a few amount of food will be in circulation especially around this flooded areas. It is quite unfortunate.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Definitely there would be food shortage when farmers keep experiencing floods and their food stuffs are submerged and lots of resources are wasted how will they recupirate no way, people are really suffering food prices has skyrocket.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

The flood really cause a lot oo of damages even to the agriculture sector also farmer experience flood in their farm will cause shortage of food and food is very important to people and it will make the price high

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

The flooding that was generated by this natural calamity brought in a great deal of support from all across the world.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Even now, Nigerians are struggling to recover from the terrible consequences of the flood that has swept across more than 30 states throughout the country.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

It’s sad to know that Many neighborhoods were wiped out by the flooding, and billions of Naira worth of property was lost.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

The flood has really affect so many farm. we need to help each other especially those communities affected by this flood.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

Nigerians are still dealing with the aftermath of the disastrous flood that hit more than 30 states throughout the country, which has only made the country’s social and economic problems more pressing.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

The flooding crisis has ruined many farmers and their farms. However, farmers have recently voiced their displeasure over a claim that there will be no food shortage.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

The farmers’ complaints about the agriculture minister’s prediction that there won’t be a food shortage in 2023 have been voiced, which is a good sign.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

In light of predictions that Africa will face food scarcity as a result of the stoppage of grain shipments caused by the Russian-Ukrainian war, many legislators have voiced concern over the impact floods will have on agriculture production in the country.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

In order to ameliorate the precarious state of the nation’s food supply, initiatives such as dry season farming and collaboration with the Ministry of Finance for funds accruing are now being put into action.

Last edited 1 year ago by Kazeem1
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

The impact of floods in Nigeria is becoming unsustainable given that they are now having an influence on our food chain, which will subsequently lead to a lack of food throughout the nation. It is imperative that the government come to the assistance of these farmers.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

the decision of the government not to open the border since doing so would be detrimental to the progress made and achievements obtained by the food security system throughout the course of its existence.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

The true is this , with the recent floodings in farms area many farm lands where submerged under wiping out cultivated crops .There is every possibility of food shortage of not well attended to and necessary things put in place correct the future effect.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

The impact of flooding on the farm production in the country. The committee that include assessing and reviewing plans and policies of the flood management, should be be implemented.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

The flooding of some farm lands in Nigeria when the Cameroon damn was release has destroyed a lot of crops putting us at a dilemma of food shortage next year. Urgent attention should be taken by our minister of agriculture.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Food shortage is almost inevitable considering how several farms across affected states have been submerged by the flood. Dry season farming measure, and collaboration with the Ministry of Finance for funds is advised.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Given that the disaster is now having an impact on our food chain and may subsequently result in a food shortage throughout the country. In order to help these farmers and the people the government must act immediately.