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Nigeria may experience shortage of rice next year over recent flood disaster ― Ogbeh

Valentine Chinyem



THE Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh has said there may be shortage of rice in Nigeria, if a adequate measure is not taken to replant after the recent flood disaster that has rocked some States.

The minister disclosed this during the Commissioning of National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) Molecular Facility and the 2018 seed fair and Farmer’s field day.

He noted that farmers have to be proactive and use water that recedes from the flood to replant rice in states affected such as; Kebbi, Jigawa, Anambra and Kogi States.

Ogbeh said: “we have to find a way to reach out to farmers who have lost their crops because in places like Jigawa, Kebbi, Anambra and Kogi many farmers lost everything they planted.

“New varieties of rice are been produced at the National Agricultural Seed Council, the Faro 66 and 67 which are flood tolerant, we hope to get them into the field in large quantity for farmers to plant in the near future.

“We are also hoping that as soon as the rain recedes we encourage farmers to replant so that the residual moisture in the soil plus irrigation can give up another crop maybe by the end of December or early January otherwise we may be in serious trouble for millet, rice, maize and sorghum.