Kano farmers recount losses over Tiga dam spillover
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Barely 24 hours after Tiga dam overflowed its banks, farmers in Kiru, Kura, Bebeji and some parts of the Bunkure and Kumbotso local government areas of the state, whose farms were submerged, have started counting their losses.
It was learnt that the incident destroyed several plantations that were ready for harvest in the affected local government areas of the state.
A farmer, Malam Aminu Usman, in Kubaraci village said the flood washed away two acres of his maize plantation.
According to him, many farmers also lost their vast plantations following the dam’s spillover, adding that he was expecting a bumper harvest at the end of the wet season before his farm was destroyed.
“The flood completely washed away my two acres of maize farm. I don’t think I will reap anything from the maize farm. This flood has, indeed, created a setback and affected our expectation this year,” he said.
Another farmer, Shu’aibu Dorawa, lamented that the overflow of Tiga Dam shattered his hopes, as hectares of his rice and sorghum plantation were washed away.
He recalled that last year, the rain stopped very early and as such, his rice farm didn’t do well.
He noted had been optimistic that he would recover from last year’s losses but was disappointed by the disaster created by the flood.
“I was expecting to harvest rice worth N2.5 million from my farm, but unfortunately, the dam’s spillover has washed it away. I can’t even access the farm right now because the water is too much unless I use a canoe,” he lamented.
When contacted, the Kano state Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Gado, stated that the association was collating information about the affected farmers and their affected farmlands to ascertain the extent of damage caused by the dam’s spillover.
“Indeed, the dam’s spill has seriously affected our member’s farmlands. It is unfortunate that when farmers were so optimistic that they would have a bumper harvest this year, this tragedy came. However, at the level of the association, we have instructed our local government executives to collate information about the affected farmers for damage assessment,” he added.