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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BOKO HARAM: Adamawa may experience famine – Expert

Following incessant violent attacks on lives and property by insurgents in the North East region of the country, there are strong indications that the Northern part of Adamawa may experience shortage of foodstuff and livestock, NaijaAgroNet authoritatively gathered.

An agriculturalist, Dr Walia Hamman, said at the weekend that most of the victims killed in Madagali and Michika local government areas of the state were peasant farmers who produced about 70 per cent of foodstuff in the state.

Dr Hamman had told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola that records showed a significant number of farmers had abandoned their farmlands and migrated to neighbouring towns and states in fear of attacks.

He also said that a survey conducted by the ministry indicated that thousands of farmers in the affected areas had not shown interest to cultivate crops in 2014.

``If urgent step to encourage the few farmers still residing within the affected areas to cultivate crops is not taken, there will be possibility of hunger in some communities living in Madagali and Michika this year,” he said.

He listed Chakawa, Zanzha and Bitiku as some of the few villages in Madagali Local Government Area that were mostly affected by the activities perpetrated by the insurgents adding that officials of the ministry in the area were encouraging farmers to go back to farming to mitigate the expected shortage of food.

Chukwudi Obi

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