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Flood: Prepare for high cost of food, increased hunger, farmers warn Nigerians

Flood: Prepare for high cost of food, increased hunger, farmers warn Nigerians

 Following Ruinous flooding in corridor of the country, growers under the aegis of Smallholder Women growers Organisation in Nigeria( SWOFON) have advised Federal Government to take deliberate way to alleviate the effect on growers to forestall food extremity nationwide. 

National President of SWOFON, Mary Afan, who gave the hint, history, in Abuja, at an event organised by International Budget Partnership, advised that failure of applicable agencies to ameliorate security and fiscal aid for growers will affect in high cost of food, increased hunger and worsened food security status of the country. 
“ The recrimination of this massive flooding is that the prices of food will be yet advanced, owing to attainability. This will deal a great blow on the over 90 million Nigerians presently living below the poverty line and the over 21 million others presently passing acute hunger, ” she said. 


Afan noted “ At the moment, smallholder women growers have lost everything. There are no seeds to plant during the coming husbandry season. While some growers are gradationally returning to their homes, as the water recedes, to pick up whatever is left of the destruction, others can not go back home or to their granges. Some have lost the courage to start each over and others have completely lost stopgap. ” 

Stressing that the women have lost each they planted, Afan lamented the lack of seeds for planting during the coming husbandry season, calling on government to grant quitclaims on all agrarian loans and debts owed during wet season husbandry. 

The quitclaims, according to her, will raise growers ’ morale and motivate them to start cultivating in the dry season. She also stressed the need for nippy procurement of ranch input and outfit, especially, fertilisers and water pumps for dry season husbandry. 

She said “ This flooding happed at a time numerous growers were either getting ready to start gathering their crops or had just commenced crop. Words can not express the graveness of the losses. These have brought cerebral trauma on women growers, numerous of who took loans, rented lands, hired outfit and are now unfit to repay their debts. ” 

Afan further called on the government to prioritise husbandry in the 2023 budget and increase allocation to it, advising that failure to act snappily equals agreeing to Nigerians being empty and paying extravagant food prices. 
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