Over 30 per cent farmland lost to flooding in 2018 – Uduaghan

The Delta South Senatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan has lamented the devastating effects of flooding this year, 2018.

He said “it has led to premature harvesting and destruction of farmlands, including fish ponds in the country, particularly in the oil-rich region.”
Uduaghan made the assertion at his Warri residence while speaking in commemoration of the 2018 World Food Day.
The former Delta State governor said 30 percent farmlands have been lost to the ravaging floods.
He said the situation will no doubt result in great losses to farmers, as well as negatively affect the already improving self-sufficiency drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Government.
“Over 30 per cent of our farmlands have been overtaken by the floods, including fish ponds.
“As shown on AIT last night, some of the farmers have had to hurriedly harvest the immature farm produce, and are selling them at less than 40 per cent of their market value.
“Their future seems to be hopeless. As we mark the day, let us remember the losses and sufferings of these our farmers.”
Uduaghan said concerted efforts must be taken to address the plight of farmers over their loss, especially as the country joins the rest of world to mark the World Food Day.
He called on governments at all levels, corporate organisations and concerned individuals to assist the farmers who had lost their multi-million investment to the flood.
“Whatever we can do individuals, as organised groups, or as a government will go a long way in alleviating their plight,” he said.