A rice farmer, Chief Silver Ejezie on Wednesday highlighted how about 300 hectares of rice farms at Omeligboma, Oko in Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta were washed away this year, by flood.
Chief Silver Ejezie indicated this in Asaba, describing it as a colossal loss for the farmers in the area also, noted that by the farming calendar, the dry season farming for rice would have commenced this November in the area but the land area was still flooded.
He maintained that though the flood waters, which almost submerged the entire community had started receding, the level was still high enough to prevent those who left the community from returning.
“We are appealing to government to come to our aid and support us with seedlings and other inputs to enable us take advantage of the dry season farming.
“Though the dry season rice farming would have started by this month, the flood has not receded.
“We hope and pray that with government’s support, we shall effectively utilise the dry season to recover some of our losses as a benefit from the good pricing for rice products arising from the closure of the border,” he said.
Ejezie also hailed the closure of the border and ban on importation of rice by the Federal Government.
He said that the year’s flooding was really a setback to rice farmers in Delta, adding that it would have been a bumper for them giving government policy.