Flood may cause rice shortage next year – FG

The heavy flood in about 14 states may lead to shortage of rice across the country next year , the Federal Government has warned .

It warned that if adequate measures were not taken to replant the rice affected by severe flood in some states , Nigeria might experience shortage of the staple by 2019.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development , Chief Audu Ogbeh, stated these at the inauguration of the National Agricultural Seed Council Molecular Facility and the 2018 Seed Fair and Farmers’ Field Day in Abuja on Thursday .
According to him , the flood affected some major rice -producing states, and this might be risky in terms of rice availability in the country if not addressed .

Ogbeh outlined some of the affected states to include Kebbi , Jigawa, Anambra and Kogi .

He said , “ We have to find a way to reach out to farmers who have lost their crops , because in places like Jigawa, Kebbi , Anambra and Kogi , many farmers lost everything they planted.
“ New varieties of rice are being produced at the National Agricultural Seed Council , the Faro 66 and 67, which are flood -tolerant ; we hope to get them into the field in large quantities for farmers to plant in the near future.
“ We are also hoping that as soon as the rain recedes , we encourage farmers to replant so that the residual moisture in the soil plus irrigation can give up another crop , maybe by the end of December or early January . Otherwise , we may be in serious trouble for millet , rice , maize and sorghum .”

On the laboratory, Ogbeh stated that the NASC , in its regulatory activities , had put in place the facility for diagnosis of prevalent diseases limiting crop yields, especially those that were not visible to the naked eye.
The Director General , NASC, Phillip Olusegun, said the agency ’s collaboration with stakeholders yielded the molecular facility .

He stated that the laboratory was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under the Basics Programme on the Development of the Cassava Seed System .

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