The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Kaduna chapter has said over 2000 hectares of rice farms have been destroyed as a result of a flood in nine local government areas of the state.
The state chairman of RlFAN, Alh Alhaji Umar Mohammed Numbu, who stated this in an interview with newsmen listed the affected local government areas as Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Igabi, Zango Kataf, Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Sango, Kubau and Chikun.
He noted that flood has been a recurrent natural disaster and farmers had sufered huge loss as most of them depend on their farms for sustenance
He added that this year’s flood is monumental as over 2,000 hectares of rice farm was either washed away or destroyed by flood in nine local government areas of the state.
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“We have visited the affected areas and we saw the level of damage and loss. The situation is bad. We sympathised with the affected farmers and told them to consider this calamity as an act of God.
“We received correspondence from our national body over this and over 6, 000 rice farmers will be giving assistance to compliments the loss incurred as a result of the flood. The gesture would also be extended to big-time farmers,” he said.