The State Chairman of the Maize Farmers Association (MFA), Jigawa chapter, Yusuf Hassan has revealed that the maize output of this year’s farming season in the state, had resulted in a loss of about 90 percent.
While attributing the loss to flooding, Hassan stated that it was responsible for the fall in output and as a result, the state would only be expecting 10 percent of maize output at the end of this year’s harvest season
According to him, 907 hectares of maize farmlands in 11 local government areas, farmed under the Anchor Borrower Program, were washed away by the flood, with a number of farmers affected.
He also lamented that there were over 50, 000 maize farmers who were affected by the disaster in the state.
The chairman however expressed optimism at the resurgence of the farms, while beckoning on the government to be proactive by providing the affected farmers with residual maize seedlings, which would enable them to recoup what they lost by replanting immediately after the flood receded.
He further divulged that, in a normal farming season devoid of any form of disaster, Jigawa state could produce over 250,000 tonnes of maize in a year.