“When the flood came, we were not able to recover anything from the farm; we lost all we laboured for,” this was the agonising testimony of Mr Raymos Guanah, a farmer based in Delta State.
“Apart from my rice farm, other farmers in the area were also affected by the flood.”
He manages Guanah Farms Limited located at Ngegu-Illah Irrigation farm, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta.
Speaking during an interview in Asaba, Monday, he advised the Federal and State Governments to consider water harvesting due to the perennial flood waters for the purpose of irrigation farming within the state.
According to him, flood water could be channelled to dams or big reservoirs to form source of irrigation farming.
Aside, he noted how flood water could be used for dry season farming if well utilised rather than the regular havoc it causes farmers.
His words: “This year’s flood was worse. In previous years; we were able to recover some things but this year, we could not recover anything.
“I lost about N40 million in the previous flood, though the Federal Government gave us some assistance but the assistance was not much compared to what we lost.”
However, he advised other farmers to adopt dry season farming as the risk involved is much lesser than the wet season.
“The last flood, the Federal Government through NEMA supported the farmers. Even though we farmers appreciated it but the support was not good enough as farmers need to be encouraged to enable them cultivate more.”