By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
Over six thousand farms and food crops worth millions of Naira have been submerged and destroyed by flood in several communities in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State
The communities affected include, Okpinya, Abactho Okpame, Yahe, Aakwa and Odamagbudu.
Also affected were nine other communities along the Aya River bank and low land areas.
Eyewitness account told the New Nigerian Online Correspondent that the flood was caused by the over flow of the water channels following heavy down pour.
The flood destroyed food crops such as Cassava, beans, vegetable, yams, rice and groundnuts in their large numbers.
Following this ugly situation, local divers from the affected communities we’re mobilised to carry emergency harvesting of food crops, using hand dug canoes in the flooded areas.
As a result of duration of the submerging which lasted for weeks, most of the food crops had begun to rot beyond the state of consumption.
Meanwhile, the few that survived the flood were sold at give away prices.
Narrating his ordeal, the Ogamode Adoga Ipuole, of Okpinya said “that many Farmers in his community were affected and feared for their economic well being.
Ipuole said thr local divers were helping the farmers to harvest premature crops which had already gone bad because of thr exceseive intake not water.
He appealled to the state emergency Management Agency (SEMA and ,NEMA) as well as other relevant authorities to come to the air of th farmers as they have lost crops valued at several millions of Naira.
Also speaking, Mr. Jon Okwdche lamented that he had lost a large expense of rice farm which he cultivated with a loan from bank and feared the future of his profession.
Said he, ” unless government intervenes, we would be left at the mercy of the bank who may prosecute him for the ability to repay the loan”.
Mrs. Margaret Otlohu who lost both her yams and cassava farms said “the entire family depended on the farms for up keep including school fees.
She expressed fears that the disaster would be a major set back in the management of the home.
Over 70 percent of the harvested crops had gone bad and cannot be marketed. The worst hit is rice farms as the people are predominately rice farmers.