Audu Ogbeh says Nigeria may experience shortage of rice in 2019


– Audu Ogbe, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, advises farmers to use water that moves away from flooding to transplant rice in order to avoid crop shortages

– Ogbeh says government plans to distribute rice seeds that are tolerant to farmers

– NEMA warns that 12 Nigerian states will experience flooding

Nigeria may experience a shortage of rice in 2019 if appropriate measures are not taken to replace it after the recent floods in some states, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Oude Ogbe warned.

Ogbe gave a warning on Thursday, October 4, after a speech at the seed fair in 2018 and on the farmers day, organized by the National Council for Agricultural Seeds (NASC) in Shed, Abuja, The Tribune reports.

The minister advised farmers to use water that is moving away from the flood to transplant rice in order to avoid crop shortages next year.

“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 have lost everything they planted,” – said Ogbe.

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“New rice varieties are produced at the National Council for Agricultural Seeds, Faro 66 and 67, which are tolerant to floods, we hope to get them in the field in large numbers for farmers to plant them in the near future.

“We also hope that as soon as the rain recedes, we urge farmers to replant, so that residual moisture in the soil plus irrigation can give up another crop, possibly by the end of December or early January, otherwise we may have serious problems with millet, rice, corn and sorghum.

In the same time, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the National Hydrological Services Agency (NHISA) warned that 12 states in Nigeria would soon experience flooding due to heavy rainfall.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that two agencies issued a warning on Friday, September 7, during a meeting with interested parties with stakeholders in Abuja.

The report states that Clem Nze, director of engineering hydrology at NHISA, listed the states for inclusion

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