Dr. Gabriel Torwua Suswam

Benue State said there is an urgent need for the Federal Government to release grains from the reserve to help communities in dire need of intervention in food and crops.

Andy Uwouku, Permanent Secretary, Benue Ministry of Agriculture sais this would help to meet possible shortfall of food items in the country.

Uwouku said in Makurdi on Saturday that the flood disaster in 2012 in the country was capable of affecting food supply to the populace. He said in Benue alone, all the major rice producing local governments were affected, and that rice worth millions of naira was washed away by the floods.

?We are likely to experience food scarcity in the country because our major source of food has been destroyed by the recent overflow of River Benue. The damage was much and the ministry has no remedy at present because the problem is beyond us.”

He said about 60 percent of rice fields in Makurdi and Guma Local Government Areas was destroyed, 50 per cent of the farms in Logo, Gwer West was washed away while in Agatu, 80 percent of rice cultivations was devastated.

The permanent secretary disclosed that rice production programme was targeted at places where the crop had great comparative advantage in soil compatibility and regretted that the Federal Government’s rice farm in Agatu Local Government, which was a co-sponsored project by the USAID, was completely washed away by the natural disaster.

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