The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, on Tuesday, disclosed the possibility of food shortage in Adamawa, following the recent flooding experienced in the state.
Dr. Walia Hamman, the Federal Director of Agriculture in Adamawa, while briefing journalists in Yola, said that in the devastating flood that affected almost half of the state, thousands of farms were confirmed totally submerged or washed away.
“According to report reaching us from our staff across the state, between 30 and 50 thousand tonnes of maize, rice and other food crops were likely to be lost to the flood in the 2012 farming season," he stated.
The Director noted that considering the damage to the farmlands, there was likelihood of a food crisis in the state if immediate action was not taken to address the situation.
He said most of the farmers affected by the disaster were more preoccupied with how to save themselves and their families from the disaster, not thinking of their farms.
“Unless the federal and state governments assist the farmers in time, if the situation is allowed to run out of hand, it could result in possible food crisis and poverty among the farmers,” Hamman said.
He advised the government to come up with a new agricultural insurance scheme that would cover rural farmers, to enable them get relief whenever there is a natural disaster.
On the rural infrastructure damaged by the flood, he said the ministry was still compiling its report.