The Rice Famers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in Kano state, North-West Nigeria says the recent flood has destroyed over 5,000 hectares of rice farm in some local government areas of the state.
The RIFAN state chairman, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu, said that the rice farms were affected in 10 local government areas of the state.
He listed the affected local government areas as: Warawa, Minjibir, Bunkure, Wudil, Gaya, Garko, Gabasawa, Kabo, RiminGado and Ajingi.
He said the disaster, which occurred in August affected most of the rice farms situated in swampy areas, pointing out that only farms located upland were not hit by the disaster.
Aliyu said that the farmers, who collected loan facility under the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrower Programme have lost over N5 billion as a result of the flood.
“Each of the farmers collected fertilizer and other inputs worth N210,000 as the total loan package while some of them have even spent additional amount of money on top of the total loan package.
The association has already reported the incident to the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAISL) since the farmers are covered by the insurance company,” he said.
He disclosed that no fewer than 44,800 rice farmers have benefited from the Nigerian Government’s agricultural loan under the Anchor Borrower Programme this wet season.