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Poor Rainfall: Food Shortage Looms In Niger

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 6:59 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie –  Minna


Farmers in Niger State have expressed fears that the current erratic rainfall may lead to shortfall in agricultural yield in the state the next harvest season.

The farmers’ fears are coming against the backdrop of sudden increase in cost of foodstuffs in the state.

This may have been caused by the delay in rainfall as the daily scorching sun is drying up crops planted within the year’s cropping season.

State Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Alhaji Shehu Galadima, told newsmen of the predicaments facing farmers in the state.

He, however, expressed the hope that the free certified grains distributed to farmers will be able to withstand the draught.

Already, prizes of food items, particularly farm produce such as vegetables and fruits have gone up by 30 per cent.

This, the farmers association, attributed to inconsistent rainfall experienced in most parts of the state.

Despite the shortage of rainfall and late supply of farming inputs, Galadima said the shortfall in agricultural yield would not be at an alarming rate because most farmers in the state benefited from the certified grain and foundation seeds distributed free to farmers under the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAP).