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November 03, 2011

Nigeria: 60,000 farmers affected as floods destroy crops

by Seye Adeniyi

A devastating flood has destroyed assorted farm produce worth one billion naira in Silame Local Government area of Sokoto State, says the Chairman, Alhaji Mani Maishinko. Maishinko told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Silame, Sokoto, recently that the produce affected included rice, millet, beans, onions, sweet potatoes, pepper, tomatoes and guinea corn farms.

He said that more than 60,000 farmers in the area were affected. ``Over 80 per cent of the people of Silame local government are either farmers or fishermen and they were all affected. The incident occurred when the River Rima which traverses the entire local government area was inundated and it over flooded its banks,'' he said.

The chairman attributed the cause of recent flood disaster in the area to climate change.

The Tribune

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