Former governor of Delta State and now senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Delta South Senatorial District, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has lamented over the ravaging effect of flood to farmlands in the Niger Delta region.
Uduaghan in his statement to commemorate the 2018 World Food Day on Tuesday, October 16, said; “This year’s flooding has led to premature harvesting and destruction of farmland including fish ponds in the country, particularly in the oil-rich region.”
“The situation will not only result in great losses to farmers but also negatively affect the already improving food self-sufficiency drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.”
“Therefore, I call on the governments, corporate bodies and individuals to render assistance in order to alleviate the plight of farmers caught in the web of the natural disaster.”
“Over 30 per cent of our farmlands have been overtaken by the floods, including fish ponds. As shown on AIT on Monday, 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. Whatever we can do individually, as organised groups, or as a government will go a long way in alleviating their plight”.