A traditional ruler from Owerewer in the Abua/Odual local government area of Rivers State, Chief Tony Muzan has called on farmers in the state to take proactive measures to ensure that this year’s anticipated flooding does not take them unawares.
Chief Muzan, A retired Assistant Controller of Customs who spoke to our correspondent in a telephone interview recently, said the farmers should avoid the mistakes of the past by erecting platforms high enough to put their harvested crops.
“Let every farmer ensure that platforms are erected to enable them put their harvested products as soon as the flood comes around this year,” she said.
According to him, it was unfortunate that the federal government has not shown interest to the plight of the farmers in the past and wondered what action they would take now.
“As far as I am concerned, the farmers are on their own.
“Since the political group and persons have refused to show interest, I think the farmers should take the bull by the horns,” he said.
He further advised the farmers to group themselves and make presentation to the government to enable them take proper record of all their past losses.
In a related development, a university don, Dr Steve Wordu, has called on the federal and state governments to formulate policies that would be favourable to farmers.
Dr Wordu of the sociology department of the University of Port Harcourt in an interview with our correspondent recently in Port Harcourt said the welfare of farmers in relation to flooding was a matter of Federal and State policy.
According to him, the expected 2013 flooding was beyond the provision of seedlings and farming inputs without addressing the effects of last year’s flooding to the farmers.
He said flood prone areas should be properly monitored because farmers have already planted their crops.
“The farmers have already planted so seedling is not the issue now, the issue is how to protect the harvest from flooding,” he said.